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SPECIAL MEETING OF THE DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 

Monday, January 9, 2006 JAN ~ 6 2006 

2:15 p.m. 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 SAN FRANCISCO 

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Agenda 

1 . Temporary Sculpture Installation in Justin Herman Plaza South 
Jill Manton 

Motion: Motion to approve the temporary exhibition of "Passage," a sculpture 
by Dan DasMann and Karen Cusolito, in Justin Herman Plaza South sponsored by 
the Black Rock Arts Foundation for a period of three to six months after all 
required approvals are obtained. (It is possible that the specific artwork and/or 
location may be changed at the meeting). 

2. New Business 

3. Old Business 

4. Adjournment 

1/3/2006 



Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Jennifer Loworn (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 



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Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness, Suite 3900, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317 and website . 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Administrator, 
Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San 
Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by 
email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a 
copy from Mr. Darby or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative 
Code on the Internet, htt p: / /www. sfgov.org/sunshine/ 



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A 1 d.<j <T Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
^ regular business hours. INFO: Jennifer Lovvorn (415) 252-2594. 

. Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
5 P e consideration of the item. 

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The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness, Suite 3900, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317 and .website, 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Administrator, 
Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San 
Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by 
email at sotf@sfgov.org. 






Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a 



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copy from Mr. Darby or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative 
Code on the Internet, htt p://www.sfg ov.org/sunshine/ 



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VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 

25 Van NessAven^, Suite 70 DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

JAN 2 4 2006 

SAN FRANCISCO 
Agenda PUBLIC LIBRARY 

1 . Consent 

1 . Motion to approve the following firms as a pre-qualified list of fine arts 
services providers and to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to 
enter into contracts with these firms on an "as needed" basis for an 
amount not to exceed $25,000: Architectural Conservation, Inc., Angotti 
6t Reilly, ARG Conservation Services, Atthowe Fine Arts Services, B.R. 
Howard & Assoc, Baird, Rief & Assoc, Conservation Artisans, 
Conservation Resources Management, Gizmo, Lawrence Fine Arts, 
Thomas Swan, Mikhail Ovchinnikov, Brian Boeddeker and Ann Rosenthal. 
Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

2. Gallery Report 

Meg Shiffler 

Presentation on upcoming exhibition, "Conversation 2: Marcel Dzama and Alice 

Shaw." 

Motion: Motion to approve a payment of $500 to artist Alice Shaw for honoraria 
($300) and materials costs ($200) for artwork included in the exhibition 
"Conversation 2: Marcel Dzama and Alice Shaw." 

3. Collections 

Rommel Taylor 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a 
contract with Architectural Resource Group Conservation Services in an amount 
not to exceed $275,000, to provide repair and conservation of the Mark di 
Suvero sculpture "Sea Change" on the Embarcadero, and to perform bronze 
restoration of the James R. Garfield and Guiseppe Verdi monuments, and 
seismic stabilization of the Portals of the Past Monument both in Golden Gate 
Park. 

4. Public Art Policy Discussion 

J/7/ Manton 

Discussion of Proposed Ordinance Change 

5. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Susan Pontious 

Presentation by the artist, Linnea Glatt, of three-dimensional models of 



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proposed sculpture. Consideration of request by the artist to revise approved 
proposal. 

Motion: Motion to approve sculptural "button" designs as proposed by project 
artist, Linnea Glatt, for Laguna Honda Hospital. 

6. Airport 
Susan Pontious 

Appointment of Commission representative to sit on Gate Room Walls selection 
panel. 

7. Art on Market Street 

Judy Moran 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

Motion: Motion to amend Resolution 0503-04-114, which approved the Director 
of Cultural Affairs to enter into contract with Epiphany Productions in an 
amount not to exceed $16,000 to produce and present Lotta's Opera, a dance 
performance for the Art on Market Street Program, by increasing the contract 
amount by $11,000, for a new total contract amount not to exceed $27,000. 

8. Eureka Valley Recreation Center 

Jennifer Loworn 

Presentation of completed artwork by Vicki Saulls for Eureka Valley Recreation 

Center. 

Motion: Motion to accept artist Vicki Saulls's public artworks "From the Heart 
Outwards" and "Welcome Hands" into the Civic Art Collection. 

9. New Art Enrichment — Sunnyside Recreation Center and Juniperro Serra 
Recreation Center 

J/7/ Manton 

Discussion regarding pooling of funds or streamlining Commission approach. 

10. Moscone Center 

Jill Manton 

Diller + Scofidio project update 

1 1 . Temporary Installation in Golden Gate Park 
Jill Manton 

Informational presentation on proposed installation of sculpture entitled 
"Dreamer" by artist Pepe Ozan in Golden Gate Park. 

12. Announcement regarding PAN Council Meeting in San Francisco in February 

Jill Manton 

13. New Business 

14. Old Business — Report on Alternative Sites for "Passage" 

Jill Manton 

15. Adjournment 

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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Jennifer Lovvorn (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness, Suite 3900, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317 and website . 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Administrator, 
Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San 
Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by 
email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a 
copy from Mr. Darby or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative 
Code on the Internet, http;// www s sfgov.,org /sunshine/ 



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Notices 

l< ^~ Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Jennifer Lovvorn (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness, Suite 3900, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317 and webs ite. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Administrator, 
Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San 
Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by 
email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a 
copy from Mr. Darby or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative 



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25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
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Agenda 






Consent 

1 . Motion to approve the following firms as a pre-qualified list of fine 
arts services providers and to authorize the Director of Cultural 
Affairs to enter into contracts with these firms on an "as needed" 
basis for an amount not to exceed $25,000: Architectural 
Conservation, Inc., Angotti & Reilly, ARG Conservation Services, 
Atthowe Fine Arts Services, B.R. Howard & Assoc, Baird, Rief 6 
Assoc, Conservation Artisans, Conservation Resources Management, 
Gizmo, Lawrence Fine Arts, Thomas Swan, Mikhail Ovchinnikov, Brian 
Boeddeker and Ann Rosenthal. 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

2. Motion to approve the establishment of a pool to include the 
following individuals from which the Hayes Green Temporary Projects 
selection panel will be chosen: 

Larry Badiner (Zoning Administrator, Department of City Planning), a 
representative from the Hayes Valley Association, David Best, Brian 
Goggin, Mabel Wilson, Ralph Rugoff, Sandra Percival, Susan 
Schwartzenberg, Kevin Chen and additional names to be added at 
meeting. 



Gallery Report 

Meg Shiffler 

Presentation on upcoming exhibition 

Cynthia Ona Innis." 



'Conversation 3: Amy Globus & 



Motion: Motion to approve a payment of $100 to artist Amy Globus and $500 
to artist Cynthia Ona Innis for honoraria for artwork included in upcoming 
exhibition. 

3. Collections 
Rommel Taylor 
Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a 
contract with Architectural Resource Group Conservation Services in an 
amount not to exceed $275,000, to provide repair and conservation of the 
Mark di Suvero sculpture "Sea Change" on the Embarcadero, and to perform 
bronze restoration of the James R. Garfield and Guiseppe Verdi monuments, 
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Golden Gate Park. 

4. Public Art Policy Discussion 
Jilt Manton 

Discussion of Proposed Ordinance Change 

5. Laguna Honda Hospital 
Susan Pontious 

Approval of Cliff Garten's proposed color palette for his artist-designed 

handrails for Laguna Honda Hospital. 

Consideration of request by Linnea Glatt to revise approved proposal. 

Motion: Motion to approve sculptural "button" designs as proposed by 
project artist, Linnea Glatt, for Laguna Honda Hospital. 

6. Coffman Pool 
Susan Pontious 

Approval of revised design proposal by Steve Gillman and (Catherine Keefer 
for Coffman Pool. 

7. Art on Market Street Program 
Judy Moran 

Discussion of policy regarding payment of fee to fiscal agents for Art on 
Market Street Program and other Arts Commission projects. 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

Motion: Motion to approve an increase of $2,700 in the Grant Agreement 
with Epiphany Productions for the Art on Market Street Program's 
performance of Lotta's Fountain, previously approved for funding for an 
amount not to exceed $27,000. The increase is to pay for an administrative 
fee charged by Epiphany Productions' fiscal agent, Dancers' Group, and the 
total new Grant Agreement amount is not to exceed $29,700. 

8. New Art Enrichment— Sunnyside Recreation Center, Junipero Serra 
Recreation Center and Rolph Recreation Center 

Jill Manton 

Discussion regarding pooling of funds or streamlining Commission approach 

to small Recreation and Park projects. 

9. Moscone Center 
Jill Manton 

Diller + Scofidio project update. 

10. Temporary Installation in Golden Gate Park 
Jill Manton 

Informational presentation on proposed installation of sculpture entitled 
"Dreamer" by artist Pepe Ozan in Golden Gate Park. 

11 . Announcement regarding PAN Council Meeting in San Francisco in February 
Jill Manton 

12. New Business 

13. Old Business-Report on Alternative Sites for "Passage" 
Jill Manton 

14. Adjournment 



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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Ellen Shershow {415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness, Suite 3900. San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 581-2300. fax (415) 581-2317 and webs ite. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct che people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Administrator, 
Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244. San 
Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by 
email at sotf@sfgov.oig. 

Citizen's interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a 
copy from Mr. Darby oi by printing Chaptei 67 of the San Francisco Administrative 
Code on the Internet, httu:/ 'www.sfaov.orsi' sunshine/ 



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Report for Item 7: 

Art on Market Street Program 

Judy Moran 

Background: 

Epiphany Productions will not be authorized as a 50 Ic 3 in time for entering into a Grant 
Agreement directly with the City and County of San Francisco until later this year, after 
the completion of Lotta's Opera, the theater dance performance approved for the Art On 
Market Street 2006 Temporary Projects Series for presentation on the weekend of May 
6th and 7th. The City Risk Manager requests that the city enter into the Grant Agreement 
directly with Epiphany Productions' current fiscal agent. Dancers Group. Because the 
performance will include numerous performers, musicians, technician, and volunteers, 
and include hundreds of pedestrians following the performers on Market Street, the City 
Risk Manager thought adequate protection for the city would not be provided by entering 
in a Grant Agreement with a sole individual, Kim Epifano, the Artistic Director for 
Epiphany Productions. The City Risk Manager said that she prefer we enter into the 
Grant Agreement with the fiscal agent, which we have done on other projects. Kim 
Epifano has therefore requested the 10% fiscal agent fee be added to the Grant 
Agreement Project Budget. 

The Art on Market Street Program, which is a presenting program rather than a granting 
program, has required that the commissioned projects be solely funded by the Art on 
Market Program. This restriction controls the scope of the project, assuring that the 
project can be managed adequately by both the artist or artistic company, and by Arts 
Commission staff; provides more aesthetic control of the project, and guarantees that the 
Arts Commission's Art on Market Street Program will receive full credit for its 
sponsorship. 

Staff recommendations: 

Staff realizes including this fiscal agent fee may set a precedent for future projects and 

requests a policy discussion of this issue. 

Report for Item 8: 

New Art Enrichment — Sunnyside Recreation Center, Juniperro Serra Recreation 

Center and Rolph Recreation Center 

Jill Manton 

Junipero Serra. Rolph Recreation Center, Sunny Side Recreation Center 
As reported at past VAC meetings, the management of Recreation and Park Department 
has been resistant to allow the Arts Commission to pool funds from small Rec and Park 
Bond projects to establish a larger single budget for an individual project. In an effort to 
make the projects feasible in terms of time, money and project management. I am 
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and $14,000 respectively) and select one artist to perform three small projects. After 
reviewing the plans and drawings, which I will present, it seems that these three projects 
are all candidates for sculptural gate panels, archways or trellises. The cost savings will 
occur in conducting one selection panel, instead of three and in writing one contract 
instead of three. Each site will still require community meetings and the coordination of 
interactions and communications between the artist and designer. 



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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 

3:00 p.m. 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 

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Commissioners Present SAN FRANCISCO 

Leonard Hunter, Lawrence Rinder, Dede Wilsey p. . R . .~ . i DDAD v 

Absent: Jeannene Przyblyski, Pop Zhao UBLIU LIBRARY 

Staff Present; Carol Marie Daniels, Nancy Gonchar, Tonia Macneil, Jill Manton, Judy Moran, Susan 
Pontious, Ellen Shershow, Meg Shiffler, Rommel Taylor 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 

The meeting commenced at 3:07 p.m. 

Commissioner Wilsey was not present when the meeting commenced. As such Commissioner Rinder 
asked that we begin with items not needing a motion. The following items do not follow the same 
numbering system as the agenda 

1. Moscone Center 

Jill Manton 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton stated that a great deal of work will be occurring at Moscone 
Center over the next week. Recommendations to improve the movement of the motion system have 
been presented and are being evaluated. Work will be performed by the curtain wall fabricator to 
remedy a construction flaw that caused the columns on the second floor to make noise as the LED 
system moved. The proposed solution will place a Teflon pad at the base of the column, correcting 
the metal-to-metal contact which is apparently the cause of the sound. Up to three columns are 
expected to be worked on. Ms. Manton stated that Billboard Video has proposed to replace all of the 
50-volt power supplies with a bigger power supply. 

Ms. Manton went on to explain that she is almost out of the reserve funds for the Moscone project, 
and may need to request additional funds in the future from convention facilities. 
Commissioner Rinder inquired as to whether provisions had been made for future technology 
upgrades, which will most certainly be needed. Ms. Manton stated that there is a 9-year extended 
parts warranty. This warranty will commence after the first year of operation, during which the 
piece is fully covered for parts and labor. The one-year warranty will not "kick in" until the system 
operates correctly for several days in a row. 

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Public Art Program Director Jill Manton stated that Black Rock Arts Foundation is proposing another 

temporary sculpture entitled "Dreamer" by artist Pepe Ozan. The proposed site is on JFK Drive, two 

blocks north of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. 

This sculpture was originally installed at Burning Man. At Burning Man, the rear of the structure was 

open, and the interior was utilized as a performance venue. In the San Francisco location, the rear 

of the structure will be sealed. Ms. Manton felt it was important for Commissioner Wilsey to see this 

presentation, and upon the de Young's approval, she will present it to the Visual Arts Committee. In 

closing, Ms. Manton invited all of the Commissioners to contact her directly with any additional 

questions or comments. 

3. Old Business— Report on Alternative Sites for "Passage" 

Jill Manton 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton reported on an alternative site identified for "Passage," 
another temporary sculpture project proposed by Black Rock Foundation which was introduced at 
the December Visual Arts Committee meeting. The new location proposed for this is a small plaza 
south of the Agricultural Building on The Embarcadero at Mission Street. As this is Port property, 
and is therefore outside of the Arts Commission's jurisdiction, it does not require Visual Arts 
Committee approval. 

4. Announcement regarding PAN Council Meeting in San Francisco in 
February 

Jill Manton 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton began her presentation by stating that she is in her second 

term as an elected member of the Public Art Network ("PAN"). The PAN Conference operates under 

the umbrella of Americans for the Arts, which also encompasses the Unites States Urban. Art 

Federation ("USUAF"). This is the organization that Richard Newirth, Director of Cultural Affairs, 

spoke about at a previous Arts Commission meeting. 

Ms. Manton extended an invitation to all of the Commissioners to attend a small reception, hosted 

by Derix Glass, in the late afternoon of Friday, February 24, 2006, at the St. Regis Hotel. Ms. 

Manton will send an email to all of the Commissioners regarding the details of this invitation. Ms. 

Manton went on to invite the Commissioners to attend a tour of the public art installed at the San 

Francisco International Airport. This tour will be conducted the afternoon of Saturday, February 25, 

2006, with Public Art Deputy Director Susan Pontious. This tour will include areas of the airport 

normally only accessible with a boarding pass. 

Ms. Manton spoke briefly about the agenda for the conference, and invited all of the Commissioners 

to attend the meeting. One of the many topics to be discussed is the subject of insurance for 

artists. Ms. Manton publicly thanked Project Manager Tonia Macneil for setting up an innovative new 

master insurance policy for contracted artists at the Arts Commission. Ms. Manton believes we may 

be the first public art program in the country to have such a workable and affordable insurance 

policy available for our artists. 

The agenda for the weekend also includes a panel on the transition to digital for artists, as well as a 

panel that will begin to put together a code of ethics for public art programs. Many other 

professional organizations have such a code, and there is a need for it in this field. This code of 

ethics will cover such topics as the role of staff, and the issue of professionals who serve on panels 

and their relationship to the artists that they recommend. 

Lastly, Ms. Manton stated that the conference will include a discussion regarding the potential for a 

lower registration fee from the Americans for the Arts for artists who would like to attend the 

annual conference. Ms. Manton will email a copy of the agenda to all of the Commissioners. 

5. New Art Enrichment— Sunnyside Recreation Center, Junipero Serra Recreation Center and 
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Public Art Program Director Jill Manton began a discussion regarding pooling of funds or a 
streamlined commission approach to small Recreation and Park projects. Ms Manton stated that a 
number of new Recreation and Park projects will be going forward with individual project budgets as 
low as $14,000. This is such a modest amount that it makes more sense to combine the project 
funds and contract with a single artist who will design two or three projects at different locations. 
The artwork created for the various sites would be variations on a theme, and may take the form of 
something that is architectural as well as artistic, such as ornamental gates or fence panels, a 
sculptural trellis or an archway. This will save the Arts Commission an enormous amount of time as 
it will require only one selection panel and one artist contract as opposed to multiple contracts and 
multiple panels. It is also advantageous to the artist, who will have a larger budget to work with. 
Ms. Manton explained further that the Recreation and Park project management staff is supportive 
of this idea, though generally they are against the idea of pooling funds. The only downside is that 
this may result in less diversity of the artwork commissioned, though contextually this is such a 
small amount of money that it should not affect the overall diversity of the Arts Commission Public 
Art Collection. Ms. Manton explained to the Commissioners that this does not need a motion; she 
wanted their support of this new way of doing things. 



6. Coffman Pool 

Susan Pontious 

Public Art Program Deputy Director Susan Pontious presented a revised design proposal by Steve 

Gillman and Katherine Keefer for the Coffman Pool. 

Ms. Pontious introduced Artist Steve Gillman, explaining that his installation at the Coffman Pool is 

one of the Recreation and Park Department projects experiencing a delay. Ms. Pontious stated that 

Mr. Gillman had originally planned to utilize underwater photography, but was not able to with the 

funds provided. Instead, Mr. Gilman and Ms. Keefer photographed swimmers using the pool and 

made a kind of collaged image from those photographs, but the Arts Commission felt this first 

composition was not resolved. 

In addition, the original material planned was ceramic frit. However, this bid came in three years 

ago. The price of this material has risen, and it is currently too expensive for the funds provided. 

Mr. Gillman is proposing an alternate material a photographic film which is laminated between two 

plates of glass, which is about half the cost and allows for more freedom in terms of color and style. 

While Mr. Gilman and Ms. Keefer have not decided whether or not they might alter the photographs 
stylistically, they were first seeking approval of the basic image. 

Mr. Gillman provided three image options; the first proposal involved repeating the same image of a 
girl holding her breath on both windows; the second involved two images, one of the Asian girl and 
the second of an African American girl. Mr. Gillman also presented an additional alternative of 
using the image of an African American womanr The Commissioners recommended that Mr. Gilman 
use the images of the two different children as it better represented the ethnic diversity of the pool 
users. Commissioner Rinder suggested that the images be reformatted so the two girls appear to 
occupy the same amount of space inside the frame. 

At this point, Commissioner Wilsey joined the Visual Arts Committee meeting. 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised design proposal by Steve Gillman and Katherine Keefer for 
Coffman Pool 
Moved: Hunter/Wilsey 



7. Consent Calendar 

1. Motion to approve the following firms as a pre-qualified list of fine arts services providers and 
to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into contracts with these firms on an 



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"as-needed" basis for an amount not to exceed $25,000: Architectural Conservation, Inc., 
Angotti & Reilly, ARG Conservation Services, Atthowe Fine Arts Services, B.R. Howard & Assoc, 
Baird, Rief & Assoc, Conservation Artisans, Conservation Resources Management, Gizmo, 
Lawrence Fine Arts, Thomas Swan, Mikhail Ovchinnikov, Brian Boeddeker and Ann Rosenthal. 
Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

2. Motion to approve the establishment of a pool to include the following individuals from which 
the Hayes Green Temporary Projects selection panel will be chosen: 

Larry Badiner (Zoning Administrator, Department of City Planning), a representative from the 
Hayes Valley Association, David Best, Brian Goggin, Mabel Wilson, Ralph Rugoff, Sandra 
Percival, Susan Schwartzenberg and Kevin Chen. 
The following names were added: 
Renee Green, Susette Min and Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie 
Motion: Motion to adopt the consent calendar items 
Moved: Hunter/Wilsey 

8. Gallery Report 

Meg Shiffler 

Gallery Director Meg Shiffler presented slides and video on the upcoming exhibition "Conversation 

3: Amy Globus & Cynthia Ona Innis." 

Amy Globus is a New York-based artist. Her video, Electric Sheep, for which she raised two 

octopuses, has been tremendously successful, showing in various locations in the United States, 

and abroad in both Paris and Madrid. Ms. Shiffler explained Electric Sheep as being about 

vulnerability and love, sensuality and sexuality, intimacy and tenderness, mixed with an 

ever-present sense of pain and science fiction. 

Cynthia Ona Innis presents an ideal partner for Ms. Globus. An Oakland native, Ms. Ona Innis uses 

various inks to paint on both canvas and silk, lending her work a flesh-like quality. Ms. Ona Innis 

will produce a body of work specifically for this exhibition; this work is comprised of about one 

hundred silk pillows stained in various ways to reference the body and its many fluids, cells and 

capillaries. The installation will utilize the entire front room of the gallery. 

Motion: Motion to approve a payment of $100 to artist Amy Globus and $500 to artist Cynthia Ona 
Innis for honoraria for artwork included in upcoming exhibition. 
Moved: Wilsey/Hunter 

9. Collections 

Rommel Taylor 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

Project Manager Rommel Taylor stated that the "Portals of the Past" monument in Golden Gate 
Park requires seismic stabilization. The existing structure will be stabilized with a new concrete 
foundation. A new concrete wall will be installed to brace the back and a concrete beam will brace 
the top of the monument.. If funds permit, the stone and marble will be restored as well. 
Additionally, the Mark di Suvero sculpture "Sea Change" on the Embarcadero will be repainted this 
month. 

Mr. Taylor stated that ARG Conservation Services is developing a long-term maintenance plan for 
all the monuments on Market Street. The maintenance plan will provide a strategy for regular 
preventative maintenance of these monuments. Regular preventative treatment will significantly 
reduce costs that result from deferred maintenance on our monuments. 

Finally, the Robert Howard Whale Fountain was damaged during its move from the Academy of 
Sciences. ARG Conservation Services is performing an assessment of the damage. At this time, it is 
not clear what the Academy's role is in the damage, and as such it is not clear who will provide the 
repair funds. When the fountain's repairs are complete, it will be installed at San Francisco City 
College 's main campus. 

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Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a contract with 
Architectural Resource Group Conservation Services in an amount not to exceed $275,000, to 
provide repair and conservation of the Mark di Suvero sculpture "Sea Change" on the Embarcadero, 
and to perform seismic stabilization of the Portals of the Past Monument in Golden Gate Park. 
Moved: Hunter/Wilsey 

10. Public Art Policy Discussion 

Jill Man ton 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report and Public Art ordinances from neighboring cities sent to 

Commissioners under separate cover on February 8, 2006. 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton stated that she has been working on proposed changes to 

the Art Enrichment Ordinance. When this ordinance was first passed in 1969, a source of funds to 

provide for maintenance of newly commissioned or acquired work was not considered. Additionally, 

Ms. Manton asked the Commissioners to consider that administration, or staff funding, is currently 

linked to a one-time fixed fee. This model worked well when public art involved, for example, 

purchasing and installing a painting in an office lobby. However, public art has evolved over the 

years, becoming more architecturally integrated and complex. This financial model is therefore out 

of date and can no longer sustain the program. 

There was much discussion regarding the pros and cons of making any kind of legislative change 

and the risk involved. 

The discussion concluded with the agreement that the Arts Commission must approach the 

Supervisors with a realistic goal and with the argument that public art will only add to the economic 

viability of San Francisco. Ms. Manton will prepare an analysis of different scenarios and the 

corresponding action for the Commissioners. 

11. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Susan Pontious 

Public Art Program Deputy Director Susan Pontious presented color samples for the artist-designed 
handrail in the Link building at the Laguna Honda Hospital. Ms. Pontious explained that the 
mock-up, the material and the design have already been approved; this motion applies only to the 
color palette. Ms. Pontious went on to explain that artist Cliff Garten worked directly with the 
manufacturer to create precise custom colors in nine hues of amber, green and blue, and that the 
colors will be grouped: there will be a section of blues, a section of greens and so on. 



Ms. Pontious next presented the sculptural button design by artist Linnea Glatt. Ms. Pontious stated 
that these will be installed in various sizes, ranging from 5' in diameter to 3' in diameter, and that 
they will vary in color. Ms. Pontious stated that the Commission had already approved the artist's 
proposal, with the exception that they wanted the traditional button design presented in an earlier 
version of the proposal to be used as one of the three designs because that design more clearly 
communicated that these were buttons. However, the artist preferred the later designs, and so 
prepared three-dimensional maquettes as a means of better illustrating how the finished work 
would appear. While some members of the Committee still preferred the more traditional button 
design, they agreed to approve the artist's proposal. 

Motion: Motion to approve Cliff Garten's proposed color palette for his artist-designed handrails for 
Laguna Honda Hospital. 
Moved: Hunter/Wilsey 

Motion: Motion to approve sculptural "button" designs as proposed by project artist, Linnea Glatt, 
for Laguna Honda Hospital. 
Moved: Wilsey/Hunter 



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12. Art on Market Street Program 

Judy Moran 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

Project Manager Judy Moran stated that Epiphany Productions is doing a dance performance 
associated with the Earthquake Centennial. They have applied for nonprofit status, but this process 
will not be finalized in time for the performance. Therefore, the City Risk Manager has requested 
that the Arts Commission contract directly with Epiphany Production's fiscal agent, Dancers' Group, 
rather than with an individual, Kim Epifano, the Artistic Director of Epiphany Productions. Both the 
City Risk Manager and Ms. Moran are concerned about having enough institutional support for the 
project because of the complexity of the performance, which includes numerous performers, 
musicians and technicians, as well as hundred of members of the public convening on City property 
to view the performance. Epiphany Productions has requested that the Arts Commission cover 
Dancers' Group's administrative fee of 10%, a standard amount for fiscal sponsorship. As such, this 
motion asks that the Grant Agreement be increased by $2,700 to cover the sponsorship fee. Ms. 
Moran mentioned Director Richard Newirth's concern that the issue of fiscal sponsorship was a 
larger policy issue for the Commissioners to discuss; however, given the time constraints of the 
project schedule, the Committee voted to approve the fee for this project. 

Motion: Motion to approve an increase of $2,700 in the Grant Agreement with Epiphany 
Production's fiscal sponsor, Dancers' Group, for the Art on Market Street Program's performance of 
Lotta's Fountain, previously approved for funding for an amount not to exceed $27,000. The 
increase is to pay for an administrative fee charged by Epiphany Productions' fiscal agent, Dancers' 
Group, and the total new Grant Agreement amount is not to exceed $29,700. 
Moved: Hunter/Wilsey 

13. New Business 

14. Adjournment 

As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:02 pm 

Submitted by Ellen Shershow, Interim Public Art Program Associate 

2/17/2006 

Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during regular business hours. INFO: Ellen 
Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the item. 

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The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
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Wednesday, April 19, 2006 ^PR 2 1 2006 

3:00 p.m. 
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1 . Consent 
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H 7 o . ? s" 1 . Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into 

contract with David Perry and Associates, Inc. for an amount not to 
exceed $3,500 for the development of promotional materials and 

f /if f od, activities for the Third Street Light Rail artworks. 

2. Motion to approve the six final poster designs for The Endangered 
Seed, by the Artist Team of Victoria Carlson and Virginia Hopkins, to 
be installed in 24 Market Street kiosks from May 12 to August 10, 
2006, as part of the Art on Market Street 2006 Kiosk Poster Program. 

3. Motion to deaccession the damaged cast concrete and mosaic 
"Basketball" by Johanna Poethig, located at Rochambeau 
Playground, and return the remains to the Artist. 

4. Motion to add Jason Webster to the Arts Commission list of pre- 
approved Fine Arts Service Providers. 

5. Motion to approve honoraria payment of $1,000 each to artists 
Margaret Tedesco, Patricia Diart, Claudia Tennyson and Kate Pocrass 
for their participation in the summer series, "The Dust Never 
Settles". 

6. Motion to authorize the demolition of The Fire Next Time I, a mural 
painted on the south facade of the Joseph P. Lee Recreation Center 
auditorium, which will be demolished by the Recreation and Parks 
Department, as part of an overall improvement plan for the Joseph 
P. Lee Recreation Center. 

7. Motion to place the following artists on a shortlist for consideration 
for future gate room wall opportunities at San Francisco International 
Airport : Seyed Alavi, Christopher Brown, Felipe Dulzaides, Diane 
Andrews Hall, Donald Lipski, Darlene Nguyan-Ely, Catherine Wagner, 
Arngunner Yr and Faye Zhang. 

8. Motion to approve Owen Smith's color cartoons for Laguna Honda 
Hospital lobby murals and mosaics (Prospector, Falconer and Iron 
Worker) and a relief sculpture (Construction worker). 

9. Motion to approve Ann Chamberlain and Bernard Lubells light box 
prototype for Laguna Honda Hospital, and approval to begin 
fabrication of the light box artwork. 

2. Argonne Playground 

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Presentation of conceptual design proposal by artist Joyce Hsu for artwork at 
Argonne Playground. 

Motion: Motion to approve the conceptual design proposal by artist Joyce Hsu 
for artwork at Argonne Playground and to authorize the Director of Cultural 
Affairs to enter into contract with Joyce Hsu for the design development, 
fabrication, transportation and consultation during the installation of artwork 
for an amount not to exceed $25,000. 

3. Harvey Milk Recreation Center 

Tonia Macneil 

Presentation of the conceptual proposal for artwork by the Artist Team of 
Susan Schwartzenberg and Michael Davis for installation at the Harvey Milk 
Recreation Center. 

Motion: Motion to approve the conceptual proposal for artwork by the Artist 
Team of Susan Schwartzenberg and Michael Davis for installation at the Harvey 
Milk Recreation Center. 

4. Ocean Avenue K-Line Street Improvements 

Tonia Macneil 

Presentation the negotiation and acceptance of an easement, or other long 
term agreement, between the City and County of San Francisco and the 
Ingleside Presbyterian Church, for long term or permanent installation of public 
art on the section of its private property not used as a public sidewalk, located 
at 1345 Ocean Avenue in San Francisco (Block 6942, Lot 50). 

Motion: Motion to approve the negotiation and acceptance of an easement, or 
other long term agreement, between the City and County of San Francisco and 
the Ingleside Presbyterian Church, for long term or permanent installation of 
public art on the section of its private property not used as a public sidewalk, 
located at 1345 Ocean Avenue in San Francisco (Block 6942, Lot 50). 

5. Glen Park Branch Library 

Judy Moran 

Staff Report 

Discussion of status of the artwork for the Glen Park Branch Library. 

Motion: Motion to rescind Resolution 0712-04-154 authorizing the Director of 
Cultural Affairs to enter into contract in an amount not to exceed $36,000 with 
the Artist Team of Jeff Northam and Rufus Butler Seder to design, fabricate 
and install an artwork for the new Glen Park Branch Library. 

Motion: Motion to pay an honorarium to the Artist Team of Jeff Northam and 
Rufus Butler Seder in the amount of $1 ,250 for the development of three 
preliminary proposal sketches for an artwork for the new Glen Park Branch 
Library. 

Motion: Motion to approve the Artist Team of Reddy Lieb and Linda 
Raynsford, the alternate Artist Team recommended by the Glen Park Branch 
Community Artist Selection Panel, to design, fabricate, and deliver an 
artwork for the new Glen Park Branch Library. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into 
contract in an amount not to exceed $35,000 with the Artist Team of Reddy 
Lieb and Linda Raynsford to design, fabricate and transport an artwork for 
the new Glen Park Branch Library. 

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Judy Moran 

Presentation of materials for Potrero Branch Library artist finalist. 

Motion: Motion to approve artist (name to be announced at meeting), 
recommended by the Potrero Branch Community Artist Selection Panel, to 
design, fabricate and transport an artwork for the renovated Potrero Branch 
Library. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into 
contract with artist (name to be announced at meeting) in an amount not to 
exceed $36,000 to design, fabricate and transport an artwork for the renovated 
Potrero Branch Library. 

7. Ingleside Branch Library 

Judy Moran 

Presentation of preliminary artwork proposal for a metal gate and adjacent 

fencing by Artist Eric Powell for the new Ingleside Branch Library. 

Motion: Motion to approve a preliminary proposal for a metal gate and 
adjacent fencing by Artist Eric Powell for the new Ingleside Branch Library. 

8. Sunnyside Clubhouse 
Jill Manton 

Presentation of Deborah Kennedy's work from the pre-qualified artist pool for 
the design and implementation of a public art project at the Sunnyside 
Clubhouse for a total contract amount not to exceed $23,000. 

Motion: Motion to approve the selection of Deborah Kennedy's work for the 
pre-qualified artist pool for the design and implementation of a public art 
project at the Sunnyside Clubhouse for a total contract amount not to exceed 
$23,000. 

9. Hayes Green Temporary Projects 

Jill Manton 

Presentation of the Hayes Green Temporary Projects selection panel's 
recommendation of a proposal from Wowhaus for a historic, site specific 
Miniature Golf installation featuring sculptures of Hayes Valley landmarks for a 
total amount not to exceed $20,000 and a proposal from Seyed Alavi for a cloth 
covered golden gateway for a total amount not to exceed $20,000. 

Motion: Motion to approve the Hayes Green Temporary Projects selection 
panel's recommendation of a proposal from Wowhaus for a historic, site 
specific Miniature Golf installation featuring sculptures of Hayes Valley 
landmarks for a total amount not to exceed $20,000. 

Motion: Motion to approve the Hayes Green Temporary Projects selection 
panel's recommendation of a proposal from Seyed Alavi for a cloth covered 
golden gateway for a total amount not to exceed $20,000. 

10. Golden Gate Park 
Jill Manton 

Presentation of a temporary exhibition of a sculpture by Pepe Ozan in Golden 
Gate Park at a green space adjacent to JFK Drive for a period not to exceed 6 
months. 



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not to exceed six months. 
Staff Recommendation: Approve 

1 1 . San Francisco International Airport 

Susan Pontious 

Presentation of the Airport Gate Room Walls Selection Panel's recommendation 
of proposals by any two of the project finalists (Joyce Hsu, Hung Liu, Richard 
Misrach, or Clare Rojas), to be commissioned for gate room walls in Boarding 
Area A. 

Motion: Pending approval of the proposal by the Airport Art Steering 
Committee and the Airport Commission, authorization for the Director of 
Cultural Affairs to enter into an agreement with any two of the project finalists 
(Joyce Hsu, Hung Liu, Richard Misrach, or Clare Rojas) as recommended by the 
Airport Gate Room Walls Selection Panel, for an amount not to exceed 
$100,000 to design, fabricate a work of art for two gate room walls at San 
Francisco International Airport. 

12. Minnie and Lovie Recreation Center 

Tonia Macneil 
Staff Report 

13. Policy Update 
Jill Manton 
Pending policy items: 

Mayor's proposed policy for city-wide consolidation of public art project 
management, administrative code change to authorize the Arts Commission to 
manage art related construction contracts, and new ordinance for Transbay 
Terminal and Treasure Island. 

14. McLaren Park/La Grande Tank Replacement 
Jill Manton 

Report on the public meeting and past recommendations for proposed art 
program. 

15. Moscone Recreation Center 

Jill Manton 

Report on the public meeting and expanded site recommendations. 

16. New Business 

Discussion of the Art on Market Street program 

17. Old Business 

18. Adjournment 



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Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact, the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness. Suite 3900, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317 and website. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Administrator, 
Sunshine Ordinance Task Force. 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San 
Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by 
email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a 
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Wednesday, April 19, 2006 

2:30 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



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Commissioners present 

Leonard Hunter, Jeannene Przyblyski, Lawrence Rinder, Pop Zhao 
Absent: Dede Wilsey 



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Staff present 

Richard Newirth, Director of Cultural Affairs; Nancy Gonchar, Tonia Macneil, Jill 
Manton, Judy Moran, Susan Pontious, Ellen Shershow, Meg Shiffler 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 
The meeting commenced at 2:31 p.m. 



1 . Consent 



1 . Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into 
contract with David Perry and Associates, Inc. for an amount not to 
exceed $3,500 for the development of promotional materials and 
activities for the Third Street Light Rail artworks. 

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Seed, by the artist team of Victoria Carlson and Virginia Hopkins, to be 
installed in 24 Market Street kiosks from May 12 to August 10, 2006, 
as part of the Art on Market Street 2006 Kiosk Poster Program. 

3. Motion to deaccession the damaged cast concrete and mosaic 
Basketball by Johanna Poethig, located at Rochambeau Playground, 
and return the remains to the artist. 

4. Motion to add Jason Webster to the Arts Commission list of pre- 
approved Fine Arts Service Providers. 

5. Motion to approve honoraria payment of $1 ,000 each to artists 
Margaret Tedesco, Patricia Diart, Claudia Tennyson and Kate Pocrass 
for their participation in the summer series, "The Dust Never 
Settles." 

6. Motion to authorize the demolition of The Fire Next Time I, a mural 
painted on the south facade of the Joseph P. Lee Recreation Center 
auditorium, which will be demolished by the Recreation and Parks 
Department, as part of an overall improvement plan for the Joseph 
P. Lee Recreation Center. 

7. Motion to place the following artists on a shortlist for consideration 
for future gate room wall opportunities at San Francisco International 
Airport : Seyed Alavi, Christopher Brown, Felipe Dulzaides, Diane 
Andrews Hall, Donald Lipski, Darlene Nguyen-Ely, Catherine Wagner, 
Arngunnur Yr and Faye Zhang. 

8. Motion to approve Owen Smith's color cartoons for Laguna Honda 
Hospital lobby murals and mosaics (Prospector, Falconer and Iron 
Worker) and a relief sculpture (Construction Worker). 

9. Motion to approve Ann Chamberlain and Bernard Lubell's light box 
prototype for Laguna Honda Hospital, and approval to begin 
fabrication of the light box artwork. 

Gallery Director Meg Shiffler requested that item 5 on the Consent 
Calendar be revised. Ms. Shiffler reported that Patricia Diart, one of the 
artists in the exhibition The Dust Never Settles, will be in residence 
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Grove Street. At the suggestion of Richard Newirth, Director of Cultural 
Affairs, Ms. Shiffler contacted NORCAL and secured a $2,000 honorarium 
for Ms. Diart. This honorarium will allow Ms. Diart to spend more time in 
residence in the Grove Street Window space. 

The following motion from the Consent Calendar was revised. 

Motion to approve honoraria payment of $1 ,000 each to artists Margaret 

Tedesco, Claudia Tennyson and Kate Pocrass, and an honorarium payment 

of $3,000 to artist Patricia Diart, for their participation in the summer 

series, "The Dust Never Settles." 

Motion: Motion to adopt the consent calendar items. 

Moved: Rinder/Zhao 

2. Argonne Playground 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil presented a conceptual design proposal by artist 
Joyce Hsu for artwork at Argonne Playground. She presented the Commissioners 
with visual material and explained that this is a small project that has been 
delayed since 2004. Ms. Hsu has proposed creating two dragonflies fashioned 
from cut and painted aluminum, which will be placed at the two playground 
gates. The final design will be presented at the May Visual Arts Committee 
meeting. 

Motion: Motion to approve the conceptual design proposal by artist Joyce Hsu 
for artwork at Argonne Playground and to authorize the Director of Cultural 
Affairs to enter into contract with Joyce Hsu for the design, development, 
fabrication, transportation and consultation during the installation of artwork 
for an amount not to exceed $25,000. 
Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

3. Harvey Milk Recreation Center 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil presented a conceptual proposal for artwork by 
the artist team of Susan Schwartzenberg and Michael Davis for installation at 
the Harvey Milk Recreation Center. The artists have been working in 
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have conceived of a design that will celebrate the life and vision of Harvey Milk 
while highlighting the programs of the Center, which serves as a dynamic 
resource for drama, music, dance and photography for the entire city of San 
Francisco. Ms. Macneil showed the Commissioners several drawings of the 
artists' proposal. 

Inspired by pre-existing built in display cases, the artists propose to build an 
additional set of display cases that will house memorabilia including, among 
other things, remnants of past music, theatre and dance productions. They 
also propose a ladder-like structure incorporating a camera obscura offering a 
view of the nearby park, and, on the lower level, a laminated glass photo 
wall composed of images created by past and present members of the 
photography center. Additionally, the artists hope to make use of the oculus 
(skylight) in the main lobby designed by the architects to brighten the interior 
of the center. If the budget allows, the concrete floor of the lobby will be 
upgraded by the addition of mica, and quotes from Harvey Milk will be 
sandblasted into the floor and the glass panel leading to the performance 
area. If the skylight is deleted in the final drawings, the artists intend to 
specify the installation of a theatrical light fixture on a timer to provide a 
similar lighting effect. 

Commissioner Przyblyski commented that the proposal does a wonderful job 
of honoring Harvey Milk without building a shrine to him. Commissioner 
Rinder expressed concern that while he liked all the elements in the design, 
he felt they did not work in a cohesive manner. All of the Commissioners 
agreed that there needed to be more unity between the various elements, 
but that they appreciated the adherence to a modest budget and a tight 
timeline. 

Motion: Motion to approve the conceptual proposal for artwork by the artist 
team of Susan Schwartzenberg and Michael Davis for installation at the 
Harvey Milk Recreation Center. 
Moved: Zhao/Rinder 



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4. Ocean Avenue K-Line Street Improvements 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil stated that the Visual Arts Committee approved 
the design and location of three large mosaic spheres designed by Laurel True 
in 2005. The spheres were to be installed on three corners of the intersection 
of Ocean Avenue and Granada Avenue. In accordance with City policy, the Arts 
Commission applied for a Major Sidewalk Encroachment Permit. At that time it 
came to light that one of the three locations is private property, and is owned 
by the Ingleside Presbyterian Church. Therefore Ms. Macneil is asking for an 
easement, or other long-term agreement, between the City and County of San 
Francisco and the Ingleside Presbyterian Church, for long-term or permanent 
installation of public art on the proposed section of private property. The 
church has been very amenable to this arrangement, and has agreed to grant 
an easement or lease to the portion of sidewalk in question. 

Ms. Macneil went on to explain that an easement would involve funds for a title 
search, a land survey and a plat of the site, costing approximately $7,000, prior 
to writing a legal grant of easement. She would work with the City Attorney to 
develop the appropriate language for the easement or other document. 
Conversely, a simple lease, while limiting the City's control over the site, would 
not involve expenditure of such funds. Ms. Macneil explained that the 
advantage of an easement is that it provides maximum protection against the 
possibility of a change in ownership of the property. As this is an unlikely 
possibility, Ms. Macneil recommends that we utilize the more cost-effective 
lease agreement. 

Motion: Motion to approve the negotiation and acceptance of an easement, or 
other long-term agreement, between the City and County of San Francisco and 
the Ingleside Presbyterian Church, for long-term or permanent installation of 
public art on the section of its private property not used as a public sidewalk, 
located at 1345 Ocean Avenue in San Francisco (Block 6942, Lot 50). 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

5. Glen Park Branch Library 

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Branch Library. Originally, the artist team of Jeff Northam and Rufus Butler 
Seder were recommended by the Glen Park Branch Community Artist Selection 
Committee to create a series of tiles for the new library using Lifetiles, a 
proprietary product of Seders, which would give the murals the illusion of 
movement as viewers passed by. The artists submitted three proposals to the 
Arts Commission and the Glen Park Library staff over a period of several 
months. The overall scale of the murals as well as the scope of movement was 
not as extensive as expected, and the first two proposals incorporated images 
from Seder's database. Both Arts Commission and Library staff requested 
original imagery that reflected the Glen Park neighborhood. Seder decided at 
this point that he was not able to supply original images specific to Glen Park 
within the project budget, and he withdrew from the project. Northam 
proposed proceeding with the project alone, substituting a plastic laminate 
material that also had a 3D motion effect with a collage of his photographs that 
depicted limited movement. The Commissioners agreed with the Arts 
Commission and Library staff assessment that the substitute plastic laminate 
material had a commercial feel that was not appropriate for the Glen Park 
Branch Library. The Commissioners also agreed with staff that they preferred 
not to continue with Northam alone, without the Lifetiles. Commissioner 
Przyblyski congratulated Ms. Moran on her heroic efforts to make this project 
work, and stated that the Commissioners were appreciative of the time and 
effort on the part of the artists. 

Motion: Motion to rescind Resolution 0712-04-154 authorizing the Director of 
Cultural Affairs to enter into contract in an amount not to exceed $36,000 with 
the artist team of Jeff Northam and Rufus Butler Seder to design, fabricate and 
install an artwork for the new Glen Park Branch Library. 

Moved: Rinder/ Hunter 

Motion: Motion to pay an honorarium to the artist team of Jeff Northam and 
Rufus Butler Seder in the amount of $1 ,250 for the development of three 
preliminary proposal sketches for an artwork for the new Glen Park Branch 
Library. 

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Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

Ms. Moran stated that both Arts Commission and Library staff recommend 
proceeding with the alternate artist team selected by the Glen Park Branch 
Community Artist Selection Panel. Due to a lack of sufficient resources, Ms. 
Moran stated that it would not be possible to initiate a new artist selection 
process. 

Ms. Moran presented work samples from the alternate artist team of Reddy 
Lieb and Linda Raynsford. Ms. Lieb creates stained glass windows and Ms. 
Raynsford works with metal. This artist team initially proposed creating a 
wall sculpture with metal and glass for the Glen Park Branch Library. The 
Commissioners stated their confidence in going forward with this alternate 
artist team. 

Motion: Motion to approve the artist team of Reddy Lieb and Linda Raynsford, 
the alternate artist team recommended by the Glen Park Branch Community 
Artist Selection Panel, to design, fabricate, and deliver an artwork for the 
new Glen Park Branch Library. 
Moved: Zhao/Hunter 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into 
contract in an amount not to exceed $35,000 with the artist team of Reddy 
Lieb and Linda Raynsford to design, fabricate and transport an artwork for the 
new Glen Park Branch Library. 
Moved: Hunter/Zhao 

6. Potrero Branch Library 

Project Manager Judy Moran stated that the Potrero Branch Community Artist 
Selection Panel had unanimously recommended artist Gina Telcocci to create 
an artwork for the renovated Potrero Branch Library. Commissioner Rinder, 
who served on the artist selection panel, explained to the Commissioners that 
Ms. Telcocci had visited the Library and seemed to have a wonderful sense of 
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needed further development, it was dynamic and interesting. The 
Commissioners supported the directive given by the Artist Selection Panel for 
Ms. Telcocci to create a large hanging sculpture or group of sculptures for the 
two-story center of the Library, composed of natural materials, as depicted in 
the artist's application slides. The Commissioners also stated that it was very 
exciting to be working with a new artist. 

Motion: Motion to approve artist Gina Telcocci recommended by the Potrero 
Branch Community Artist Selection Panel, to design, fabricate and transport 
an artwork for the renovated Potrero Branch Library. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into 

contract with artist Gina Telcocci in an amount not to exceed $36,000 to 

design, fabricate and transport an artwork for the renovated Potrero Branch 

Library. 

Moved: Zhao/ Hunter 

7. Ingleside Branch Library 

Project Manager Judy Moran presented a preliminary proposal for a metal gate 
and fencing by artist Eric Powell for the new Ingleside Branch Library. Mr. 
Powell had been asked to work with the library architects, and this 
collaboration originally resulted in a gate on the right side of the facility with a 
fence that would stretch all the way to the Library patio. The preference of 
the architectural firm was to design a gate that was simple and linear to reflect 
the modern building aesthetic. However, the resulting designs appeared static, 
did not reflect the artist's aesthetic sensibility, and were not much more 
imaginative than a gate that might be mass-produced. Ms. Moran has asked the 
artist to limit his scope of work to the gate and just eight feet of the fence in 
order to allow Mr. Powell to invest his time and resources in a more elaborate 
and detailed design. Mr. Powell submitted a new design that also was deemed 
by Arts Commission and Library staff to be too limited. Ms. Moran is presenting 
the design to the Commissioners at this point in the hopes that they can offer 
useful feedback, and to approve the siting of the artwork. 

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The Commissioners also want to encourage Mr. Powell to create a deisgn that is 
more imaginative, while remaining compatible with the modern aesthetic of 
the building. Commissioner Hunter suggested the artist research the design 
aesthetic of the de Stijl movement. All the Commissioners agreed that this was 
a potentially wonderful project that was worth pursuing. 

Motion: Motion to approve a preliminary proposal for a metal gate and 
adjacent fencing by artist Eric Powell for the new Ingleside Branch Library. 
Moved: Zhao/Rinder 

8. Sunnyside Clubhouse 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton Presented the work of Deborah 
Kennedy and Bill Gould from the pre-qualified artist pool for the design and 
implementation of a public art project at the Sunnyside Clubhouse for a total 
contract amount not to exceed $30,000, including architectural credits for 
railing panels. 

Ms. Manton stated that due to lack of a March Visual Arts Committee meeting, 
the time frame for design and the modest size of the budget, she chose to 
select an artist from the pre-qualified artist pool rather than using a selection 
panel. Both artists have worked extensively in metal and glass. Ms. Kennedy 
will design, fabricate and deliver fence panel inserts and other discrete metal 
elements for the project. Ms. Manton explained that Mr. Gould will fabricate 
the artwork using water-jet cut steel coated with Tnemec. The Commissioners 
felt this was a good solution considering the modest budget allocation. 

This Motion has been amended 

Motion: Motion to approve the selection of Deborah Kennedy for the design 

and implementation of a public art project at the Sunnyside Clubhouse for a 

total contract amount not to exceed $30,000. 

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Public Art Program Director Jill Manton stated that the selection panel for the 
Hayes Green Temporary Projects was successful, and though we did not get as 
many applicants as we would have liked, the two we chose are wonderful. 

Ms. Manton presented the Selection Panel's recommendation of a proposal from 
Wowhaus for a miniature golf installation featuring sculptures of Hayes Valley 
historic landmarks, and a proposal from Seyed Alavi for a gold-colored cloth 
gateway. 

The artist team Wowhaus worked on a past Art on Market Street project that 
involved recording the sounds of Market Street, which were broadcast from a 
sculptural metal kiosk moved to various Market Street locations. The audio was 
also recorded onto a CD that was distributed free on Market Street. This very 
successful project was featured by KQED as part of the Spark series, and met 
with tremendously positive public response. 

Wowhaus' current proposal will use scale replicas of Hayes Valley landmarks to 
construct a miniature golf course on Hayes Green, which the team will operate 
on successive Saturdays over a six-month period Additionally, they will 
coordinate walking tours, and hold an outdoor film screening of "Greed," 
originally shot in an 1880's mansion that still stands in Hayes Valley. 

Ms. Manton then presented the work of Seyed Alavi. Mr. Alavi has worked on a 
variety of public art projects, including one in which he collaborated with 
teenagers to produce self-portraits that were installed in the large plate glass 
windows in the parking garage at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 
Mr. Alavi proposed an arch that will be installed on Hayes Green. The arch 
resembles the Arc de Triomphe in its form, but is built entirely of small 
squares of gold-colored cloth, which will be illuminated at night. The gold 
cloth references both the discovery of gold in California, and links to the 
"family of gold" in San Francisco, as in the Golden Gate Bridge and the 
Golden Gate Park. Mr. Alavi had proposed to have community members 
inscribe the cloth with their personal stories, hopes and dreams. Ms. Manton 
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without this element. Commissioner Rinder expressed concern that the piece 
resembled Christo's Gates in New York 's Central Park, but that perhaps this 
could be solved using cloth that was more gold-colored than the orange 
proposed by Mr. Alavi. Commissioner Zhao pointed out that the cloth used 
would have to be fireproof. Ms. Manton stated that Mr. Alavi is enthusiastic 
about this project and she is certain he will welcome the Commissioners' 
recommendations. 

Motion: Motion to approve the Hayes Green Temporary Projects selection 
panel's recommendation of a proposal from Wowhaus for a historic, site- 
specific miniature golf installation featuring sculptures of Hayes Valley 
landmarks for a total amount not to exceed $20,000. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

Motion: Motion to approve the Hayes Green Temporary Projects selection 
panel's recommendation of a proposal from Seyed Alavi for a cloth-covered 
golden gateway for a total amount not to exceed $20,000. 
Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

10. Golden Gate Park 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton presented the sculpture "Dreamer" by 
artist Pepe Ozan. The piece will be installed in Golden Gate Park in a meadow 
adjacent to JFK Drive, two blocks from the de Young Museum, for a period not 
to exceed six months. Ms. Manton first presented this piece informally to the 
Visual Arts Committee in February. Subsequently, Commissioner Wilsey and 
John Buchanan, Director of the Fine Arts Museum, reviewed images of the 
sculpture and both responded favorably to the sculpture and its temporary 
placement. 

Ms. Manton introduced Pepe Ozan, who further explained his sculpture to the 
Commissioners. He stated that the sculpture was inspired by the work of 
Magritte, as well as the theme of last year's Burning Man, where it was 
originally installed. While at Burning Man, the rear of the head was open, and 
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possible at the Golden Gate Park location. 

Motion: Motion to approve the temporary exhibition of a sculpture by Pepe 
Ozan in Golden Gate Park at a green open space adjacent to JFK Drive for a 
period not to exceed six months. 
Staff Recommendation: Approve 
Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

1 1 . San Francisco International Airport 

Public Art Program Deputy Director Susan Pontious presented the Airport Gate 
Room Walls Selection Panels recommendation of proposals by the two project 
finalists, Joyce Hsu and Hung Liu, to be commissioned for gate room walls in 
Boarding Area A. Ms. Pontious explained that all four artists were very strong, 
and that the panel's final decision was unanimous. Although the panel was only 
able to choose two artists, it was the panel's recommendation that if funding 
was available, the other two finalists, Richard Misrach and Clare Rojas, should 
be commissioned as well. 

Ms. Pontious first presented the work of Joyce Hsu. Ms. Hsu's large sculptural 
relief mural uses the layout of the airport terminals as an underlying graphic 
design motif, first as a painted layer and then as a cutout form in aluminum, 
topped with 3-dimensional sculptural flowers and insects. Artist Hung Liu 
provided three alternate proposals. The panel selected the proposal depicting 
a boy chasing an egret in a central rectangle, flanked by two smaller squares, 
one showing a bird taking off, and one a bird landing. The artist proposes using 
a material and process she has developed working with Trillium Press, which 
consists of layers of painted resin panels. The Commission expressed concern 
that the resin material coating Ms. Liu's piece might prove too glossy for the 
airport, where the light from large windows might make it difficult to view. Ms. 
Pontious stated that Ms. Liu is aware of this problem, and is looking into using a 
lower-gloss pearl finish. 

Ms. Pontious next presented the work of Richard Misrach. Mr. Misrach 
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sandy beach populated with sunbathers, the second showed beachgoers 
swimming in the ocean. Commissioner Zhao commented that he preferred the 
water image, but that it was not an appropriate image for viewers about to 
board a plane. Public Art Program Director Jill Manton felt the ocean piece 
was the stronger of the two because of the luminescent quality of the water, 
but stated that the airport is sensitive to any image that might reference a 
crash. Finally, Ms. Pontious presented the work of Claire Rojas. Commissioner 
Zhao appreciated the delicate linear quality of the work, and all the 
Commissioners agreed her work would function well at the airport. 

Ms. Pontious said that the Airport Art Steering Committee ("AASC") was 
meeting on April 20, and that prioritization of sites for the use of the 
remainder of the Airport Art Enrichment funds was one of the items on the 
agenda. If the AASC supported use of the remaining funds on the gate rooms, 
then the Commission could proceed with commissioning the work of Richard 
Misrach and Clare Rojas for Boarding Area G. The Committee supported this 
direction, and authorized staff to proceed on working with Mr. Misrach and 
Ms. Rojas if there was consensus on the AASC. 

Motion: Pending approval of the proposal by the Airport Art Steering 
Committee and the Airport Commission, motion to authorize the Director of 
Cultural Affairs to enter into an agreement with Joyce Hsu and Hung Liu, as 
recommended by the Airport Gate Room Walls Selection Panel, for an amount 
not to exceed $100,000 to design, fabricate a work of art for two gate room 
walls at San Francisco International Airport. 
Moved: Rinder/Zhao 

12. Minnie and Lovie Recreation Center 

This has been postponed to the May Visual Arts Committee Meeting. 

13. Policy Update 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton reported on pending policy items as 

follows. 

1. Mayor's proposed policy to discuss citywide consolidation of public art 

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project management: Ms. Manton reported that we are still waiting for the 
Mayor to convene a meeting with the Department of City Planning and the 
Redevelopment Agency. This consolidation might allow for private development 
percent-for-art dollars to be deposited into a public art trust fund, which may 
be used to fund public art projects throughout the city. Commissioner 
Przyblyski stated that she has a meeting scheduled with the Mayor and will 
discuss this issue. 

2. Administrative code change to authorize the Arts Commission to manage art- 
related construction contracts: This change would allow the Arts Commission to 
manage art-related construction projects instead of having to work through 
other departments such as the Department of Public Works. 

3. Harvey Milk Memorial Bust: Ms. Manton reported that the Arts Commission 
has been asked to commission a bust of Harvey Milk, utilizing traditional 
portraiture, to be installed at City Hall. 

4. District Reports: Ms. Manton presented a sample report that might serve as 
a template for other district reports. It included visuals and text of completed 
Public Art Program projects in one of the eleven supervisorial districts. Ms. 
Manton explained that we will complete such reports for all eleven of the San 
Francisco districts, including the San Francisco International Airport. 

5. Ms. Manton reported on an upcoming public meeting regarding the 
Broadway Streetscape Project, which will be co-sponsored by the Arts 
Commission and the Department of Public Works. The Department of Public 
Works will report on the status of their design work and the Arts Commission 
will discuss the proposed location of a sculpture by Brian Goggin at the 
intersection of Broadway and Columbus. 

14. McLaren Park/La Grande Tank Replacement 

This has been postponed to the May Visual Arts Committee Meeting. 

15. New Business 

Discussion of the Art on Market Street program 

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Ms. Manton reported Muni's twelve year contract for outdoor transit advertising 
is drawing to a close. This current contract provides a percentage of Muni's 
advertising funds to support the Art on Market Street program in addition to 
the Youth Arts fund which is overseen by the Community Arts and Education 
program. Muni recently conducted a study of how other cities manage similar 
contracts and found that the Chicago Transit Authority has negotiated for the 
design and construction of street furniture and bus shelters, in addition to a 
substantial cash contribution, as part of their contract for transit advertising. 
In light of Muni's twenty million dollar deficit, they were evaluating their 
priorities and the use of funding generated by the advertising revenue. The 
direct benefit to Muni of both the Art on Market Street and Youth Arts fund was 
questioned. As the result of the efforts of the Arts Commission staff, Ms. 
Manton believes that Muni will include the Arts Commission as part of the new 
RFP to be issued for a new contract for transit shelter advertising. 
Project Manager Judy Moran stated that this discussion will be continued at the 
May Visual Arts Meeting. 

16. Old Business 
Moscone Art Project 

Ms. Manton provided an update on the LED art project at Moscone Center. 

17. Adjournment 

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Wednesday, May 1 7, 2006 

3:00 p.m. 

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1 . Consent 



1 . Motion to approve the unavoidable destruction of four artworks at 
Laguna Honda Hospital due to the demolition of the hospital's main 
building as part of the Laguna Honda Hospital Replacement Program 
construction. The artworks are: "Animals and the Natural 
Environment" (by James Morgan, Betty Benard, Yolanda Ramirez, 
Maura Frias, Bob Neil, and Peggy Huff) on the 6th floor; 2 works in 
the Hospice Garden, Children's Mural (by Inyana Christine Schultz); 
and " Butterfly Garden " (a mosaic pathway by Mitsuru Hirano) and a 
seascape mural in the C2 Hospice Lounge (by Chris Kidd). 

2. Gallery Report 

Meg Shiffler 

Presentation on the summer series, "The Dust Never Settles" including Artists 

Margaret Tedesco, Patricia Diart, Claudia Tennyson and Kate Pocrass. 

Report and discussion of the Saturday, April 29 th , 2006 SFAC Gallery Advisory 
Board Retreat. 

Motion: Motion to approve an honorarium of $800 for Laurie MacDougall for the 
Saturday, April 29 th , 2006 SFAC Gallery Advisory Board Retreat facilitation. 

3. Abraham Lincoln Brigade Memorial 

Nancy Gonchar 

Presentation of the new design and location for the Abraham Lincoln Brigade 

Memorial. 

Motion: Motion to approve the new design and location for the Abraham 
Lincoln Brigade Memorial. 

4. Coffman Pool 

Susan Pontious 

Approval of final images for the Coffman Pool windows by the artist team of 

Steve Gillman and Katherine Keefer. 



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Motion: Motion to approve final images for the Coffman Pool windows by the 
artist team of Steve Gillman and Katherine Keefer. 

5. San Francisco International Airport 
Susan Pontious 

Presentation of budget for expenditure of balance of Master Plan Project Art 
Enrichment Funds and Secure Connector of Art Enrichment Funds. 
Explanatory document. 

Presentation of the selection of Richard Misrach and Clare Rojas to be 
commissioned to create artworks for gate room walls in Boarding Area G of 
the International Terminal at SFO. 

Motion: Motion to approve the budget for expenditure of balance of Master 
Plan Project Art Enrichment Funds and Secure Connector Art Enrichment 
Funds. Explanatory document. 

Motion: Motion to Approve the selection of Richard Misrach and Clare Rojas to 
be commissioned to create artworks for gate room walls in Boarding Area G of 
the International Terminal at SFO, with authorization for the Director of 
Cultural Affairs to enter into an agreement with each to design, fabricate and 
transport an artwork for Boarding Area G for an amount not to exceed 
$100,000. 

6. Portola Branch Library 

Judy Moran 

Presentation of preliminary design for an artwork by artist Dana Zed for the 

new Portola Branch Library. 

Motion: Motion to approve the preliminary design of glass and metal window 
shutters by artist Dana Zed for the new Portola Branch Library 

7. Ingleside Branch Library 

Judy Moran 

Presentation of revised design development of an artwork by artist Eric Powell 

for the new Ingleside Branch Library. 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised design of a metal gate and adjacent 
fence panels by artist Eric Powell for the new Ingleside Branch Library. 

8. Sunnyside Playground 

Tonia Macneil 

Presentation of the conceptual design by artist Deborah Kennedy for fence 

panel inserts and sidewalk embedment at Sunnyside Playground. 

Motion: Motion to approve the conceptual design of artwork by Deborah 
Kennedy for Sunnyside Playground and authorization to the Director of 
Cultural Affairs to enter into contract with the artist for an amount not to 
exceed $40,000. 

9. South East Water Pollution Control Plant 

Tonia Macneil 
Staff Report 

Request for Visual Arts Commission guidance on continuing to work with 
Victor Zaballa as project artist for the South East Water Pollution Control 
Plant. 



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Motion: Motion to rescind Arts Commission Resolution #0207-05-038 to 
authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into contract with FireClay 
Tile for fabrication and installation of two tile artworks designed by Victor 
Zaballa for the South East Water Pollution Control Plant in and amount not to 
exceed $47,000, and to terminate the art project by artist Victor Zaballa with 
thanks. 

Motion: Motion to proceed with a limited competition to identify a new artist 
to design, fabricate, transport and install an artwork at the South East Water 
Pollution Control Plant. 



10. Argonne Playground 

Tonia Macneil 

Presentation of final design by artist Joyce Hsu for two insect sculptures to be 

attached to the entrance gateposts at Argonne Playground. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final design of artwork by Joyce Hsu of two 
insect sculptures to be attached to the entrance gateposts at Argonne 
Playground. 

1 1 . Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center 

Tonia Macneil, Jill Manton 

Presentation of the conceptual design by the artist team of Jon Rubin and Jim 

Goldberg for artwork at Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center. 

Motion: Motion to approve or reject the conceptual design of artwork by Jon 
Rubin and Jim Goldberg for artwork to be installed at Minnie and Lovie 
Recreation Center. 

Motion: Motion to approve the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into 
contract with the artists for design development, fabrication, transportation, 
and consultation during the installation of the artwork for an amount not to 
exceed $120,000. 

1 2. Blue Greenway Project 

Jill Manton 

Presentation of the a grant of $39,900 to the Neighborhoods Parks Council for 
the coordination and implementation of three temporary sculpture projects to 
inaugurate the new Blue Greenway Project initiated by the Mayor's Office. 

Presentation of a temporary sculpture of work entitled 'Munecas' by artist 
Pepe Ozan at India Basin Park for a period starting June 15 th , 2006 and 
concluding December 15 th , 2006. 

Motion: Motion to approve a grant of $39,900 to the Neighborhoods Parks 
Council for the coordination and implementation of three temporary sculpture 
projects to inaugurate the new Blue Greenway Project initiated by the 
Mayor's Office. 

Motion: Motion to approve the temporary sculpture of work entitled 
'Munecas' by artist Pepe Ozan at India Basin Park for a period starting June 
15 th , 2006 and concluding December 15 th , 2006. 

13. Rolph Playground/Potrero del Sol Playground 

Jill Manton 

Recommendation of Isis Rodriguez from the 2005 Pre-Qualified Pool as the 

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component artwork for these two Recreation and Parks Department projects. 

Motion: Motion to enter into an agreement with Isis Rodriguez for a total 
amount of $30,000 for the design, fabrication and transportation of a two 
component artwork to be installed at both the Rolph Playground and the 
Potrero del Sol Playgrounds. 

14. Moscone Recreation Center 

Jill Manton 

Designation of a Visual Arts Committee representative to serve on the 

selection panel to take place on Friday, May 26 th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm 

15. Art on Market Street 

Judy Moran and Jill Manton 

Discussion of Art on Market Street Program 

16. New Business 

17. Old Business 

18. Adjournment 

4/3/2006 



Notices 

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Date: May 12, 2006 

To: The Honorable Members of the Visual Arts Committee 

From: Jill Manton, Director, Public Art 

Re: Staff Reports for May 19, 2006 VAC Agenda Items 

Commissioners: 

Item 12: Blue Greenway Project 

The Mayor's Office of Greening, along with Department of Public Works, the 
Port Commission, Department of Parking and Traffic and the Neighborhood 
Parks Council are working together to inaugurate a new pedestrian bicycle 
pathway along the South Central waterfront. The pathway will start south of 
AT&T Park and will continue to Hunter's Point. In conjunction with the creation 
of this new public amenity, a temporary public art program will be initiated with 
funding provided by the Mayor's Office. A public solicitation was conducted and 
a selection panel comprised of the following individuals was established to review 
proposals Port Commissioner Michael Hardeman, Recreation and Park 
Department Commissioner Jim Lazarus, Civil Service Commissioner and 
representative of the Bay view Citizen's Advisory Committee Linda Richardson, 
Burning Man curator Beth Scarborough, artist Jim Grow den, and myself on 
behalf of the Arts Commission. Of the 20 proposals submitted, the following 
artists were selected: 

Toper Delaney of Seam Studio for Aqua Vista Park 
William Wareham - 22 nd and Cargo Way 
Pepe Ozan - India Basin 

The Aqua Vista and Cargo Way sites are Port property and are not subject to the 
review and approval of the Arts Commission. The India Basin site is under the 
jurisdiction of the Recreation and Park Department and Arts Commission 
approval is required. A copy of the sculptures proposed for a six-month display is 
included for your review. The dimensions of the three Monicacos: 

a) "Linzzy" 14'x3'x3' 

b) "The Watcher" 12'x3'x3' 

c) "Bobo" 9'x4'x4' 

The basic form of the sculpture is sculpted in Styrofoam, which is covered with 2 
to 5 layers of fiber glass and FGR 95, an improved hydrocal . Lastly, they are 
painted with "Nova" colors and finished with two coats of sealer. The sculptures 
will be on public display for a period of six months. 



Item 13. Rolph Playground and Potrero del Sol Art Enrichment 
These two projects are located on the east and west sides of Potrero Avenue at 
25 th Street. Each project will generate approximately $15,000 in art enrichment. 
The scope of construction at Rolph Playground includes renovation of the existing 
facility and a small building addition. Work at Portrero del Sol includes fence 
replacement, installation of new play equipment and the creation of a skate 
boarding park. The recommendation of staff from Rec and Park, Arts 
Commission and the landscape architects is for the to artist develop a pair of 
sculptural gateways for each of the parks. In addition, the community has 
expressed interest in the possibility of a tile mural on the fa?ade of the building at 
Potrero del Sol. In light of the recommendation for either ornamental metal work 
and/ or a tile mural, I am recommending the selection of Isis Rodriguez from the 
pre-qualified artist pool as she has experience in both of these media. Slides of her 
work will be presented at the meeting. 

Re: Item #15 Art on Market Program (Submitted by Jill Manton and Judy Moran 

Staff would like to propose an alternate approach to developing the Art on Market 
Street Program, beginning with the 2007 annual events. To increase and maintain 
a consistently high standard for both the Kiosk Poster Series and the Temporary 
Projects Program, staff recommends a proactive curatorial role by public art staff, 
which would develop a cohesive annual series of events, through staff 
recruitment, with a short roster of projects for final curatorial discretion by the 
Visual Arts Committee. Particularly with the complexity of temporary public 
projects, staff would prefer to explore and identify artists and artist groups 
demonstrably capable of creating high quality works within the parameters of 
requirements necessitated by city regulations. A curatorial approach will also 
allow for more complexity, flexibility and variety in the types of projects 
developed, including collaborative projects, occasional projects combining a 
poster series with a related temporary project, projects in a variety of media, such 
as printed materials for public distribution {Cento would be an earlier example), 
and complementary public outreach activities, such as panels and public 
discussions. With current limited staff resources, however, the number of events 
would not increase, with four poster exhibitions a year and approximately two to 
three temporary projects 

In the interests of consolidating staff time, this approach would also eliminate the 
more time-consuming and competitive artist application and peer panel selection 
process. However, staff would maintain an open call on our website for interested 
artists to submit materials. This ensures that artists not yet known to staff would 
continue to have the opportunity to introduce their work to us. 



MEMORANDUM 

TO: Honorable Members of the Visual Arts Committee 

FROM: Tonia Macneil 

Project Manager, Public Art Program 

252-2551 

DATE: May 11, 2006 

RE: STAFF REPORTS 



Sunnyside Playground 

Location: Melrose Ave and Foerster Street. 

Art Project Budget: $25,600 plus architectural credits of $5,350: $30,850. 

Artist: Deborah Kennedy 

Sunnyside Playground steps down a steep hillside through five terraces, each with a 
separate activity. Half-way down is a small redwood and concrete clubhouse. The site 
will be renovated to bring it up to code for Accessibility. A new children's playground 
will be added. The limited art budget means that artwork will be limited to a few 
elements in the total scheme. 

Artist Deborah Kennedy was selected from a short list of artists culled from the 2005 
artist's pool. She proposes to create water-jet cut steel fence panels to be inset into the 
fencing system at two different sites on the playground. Because the project was at 90% 
Construction Documents by the time she was selected, she has had to design and create 
construction documents all at the same time. At the May meeting, her conceptual 
proposal will be presented, along with the Landscape Architect's presentation boards. 

Recommendation : Approval of Conceptual Proposal by Deborah Kennedy for artwork at 
Sunnyside Playground. 

South East Water Pollution Control Plant (SEWPCP) 

Location: Jerrold and Phelps, Bay view District 

Art Project Budget: $64,600. Art contract: $57,000 Remaining funds: $43,000 

Artist: Victor Zaballa 

Background : 

Artist Victor Zaballa was commissioned in December of 2001 to create artwork for 
SEWPCP. He proposed creating a glazed tile and mosaic mural for the lobby walls of the 
facility. Sometime before November 2002, he suffered a stroke and kidney failure and 
has been on dialysis ever since. Despite innumerable requests, meetings, and attempts to 
support the artist and his process, Zaballa has not been able to complete the design of his 



artwork. His current circumstances and future prospects do not indicate that the situation 
will change. 



2001 Victor Zaballa was commissioned in December of 2001 to create artwork for 
SEWPCP based upon the selection of a specific proposal submitted by the 
artist for the walls and ceiling of the facility lobby. He entered into contract 
for a $10,000 design fee. The available budget for artwork was $70,000. Due 
to an inadvertent error in the way the PUC staff calculated the art enrichment 
allocation, the overall art budget had to be reduced to $57,000. 

2002 In February, the Arts Commission sponsored a brown-bag lunch for staff to 
meet the artist. The artist then spent a month on site creating a full-size 
cartoon of artwork. In October, the VAC approved the artist's revised 
Conceptual Proposal for artwork without the ceiling element. 

2003 Between November 2002 and the end of 2003, staff made numerous written 
requests for information and documentation to complete Design Development 
of his proposal. 

2004 In August, 2004, based upon a series of problems and complications with 
another project involving the artist, staff asked Zaballa to designate a 
representative to fabricate the artwork for him. He was given the choice to 
have the work fabricated by another or not at all. If he did not agree to let 
someone else fabricate the artwork, the Commission would pay any artist fee 
money due to the artist and his contract would be terminated. The final artist' 
fee was paid to the artist in September, 2004. 

2005 The Artist proposed designating Fireclay Tile, to act as prime contractor with 
Zaballa as sub to complete tile painting and mosaic elements. Staff proceeded 
to work with Fireclay to become an approved city vendor. In January, 2005, 
the VAC approved another revised design, half-as large as the previous one. 
Again, in spite of multiple requests, the artist was unable to provide requested 
deliverables required for the final design. 

2006 In January, I met twice with the artist and we mutually agreed that he would 
complete the remaining elements of his design and provide deliverables within 
30 days. My subsequent letter to him clearly warned that failing to meet the 
deadline would result in termination of our working relationship with him and 
cancellation of the project. 

At the same time, we learned that Zaballa' s partner had suffered a relapse of 
cancer and was gravely ill. In the interest of supporting both the artist and his 
partner, we delayed termination past the February deadline. I have continued 
to meet with and encourage Zaballa to complete his work, but he has been 
unable to do so. As stated above, there does not appear to be any prospect of 
a change in his circumstances, and in fact they are likely to get worse. 

Staff is requesting direction from the Commission as to how to proceed with 
this situation given the circumstances involved. 



Argonne Playground 

Location: Argonne Playground, between 18 th and 19 th Avenues, off Geary Street. 

Richmond District 

Art Project Budget: $25,000 

Artist: Joyce Hsu 

Review of Final Design. Artist's Conceptual Design was presented and approved at the 
April 4 th VAC meeting. 

Recommendation: 

Approve Final Design of artwork by Joyce Hsu for Argonne Playground. 



Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center 

Location: 650 Capital Avenue at Montana Street, OMI District. 

Art Project Budget: $135,000 

Artists: Jon Rubin and Jim Goldberg 

This project was first presented to the current members of the Visual Arts Committee in 
December of 2005, however it had been under development for a year prior to that with 
the approval of the former members of the Visual Arts Committee. The original proposal 
was to create a giant, three-foot deep trophy case covering most of a wall measuring 26 
feet high by 40 feet wide. 500 to 700 real trophies would be modified with new figurines 
and text. They would appear to be free floating against a black background. 

After several attempts over the course of two years to find a fabricator to create the 
figurines or photographic images for their trophies, Jon Rubin and Jim Goldberg have 
decided to modify their design for a trophy wall in the community room at the Minnie 
and Lovie Ward Recreation Center. They now propose to eliminate the original three- 
dimensional glass case and create a two dimensional artwork using a photographic image 
to be laminated between sheets of glass and installed against the back wall of the room. 
Due to the change in format, the artists are developing a new concept for the artwork. 
This will be the third proposal by the artists that staff has presented to the Commission. 
Approval of the first proposal was rescinded due to strong objections by the Client and 
community. 

The new proposal will be presented at the May Visual Arts Committee meeting. The 
artists are under considerable time pressure, as the center is under construction and the art 
installation is scheduled for early Spring, 2007. DPW had incorporated architectural and 
structural support for the glass enclosure surrounding the trophies into the construction 
documents for the Center. Before making a permanent change to the construction plans, 
DPW and Rec Park would like to make certain that the new proposal is feasible. 

Recommendation 

Staff has not yet had the opportunity to view the new or revised proposal to be submitted 
by the artists as they have been given up until the time of the VAC to work on and 



develop the new proposal. While we would very much for the project to go forward 
given the considerable amount of time and money already spent, we cannot make a 
recommendation without having seen a specific proposal. This matter will be deferred to 
the discretion of the Visual Arts Committee for approval or rejection. Should the 
Committee vote to reject the proposal, it has the option to request a new proposal or to 
recommend that staff terminate the contract with the artists and commence a new 
selection process to identify a new artist for the commission. If the Commission wishes 
to terminate the contract, we shall confer with the city attorney as to the exact steps that 
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May 17 



VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



Minutes 



DOCUMENTS DEP7\ 
JUN 5 2006 



SAN FRANCISCO 
Commissioners Present PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Leonard Hunter, Jeannene Przyblyski, Lawrence Rinder, Dede Wilsey 

Absent: Pop Zhao 

7 ° 6 Staff Present 

Nancy Gonchar, Tonia Macneil, Jill Manton, Judy Moran, Susan Pontious, Ellen 

Shershow, Meg Shiffler 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 

The meeting commenced at 3:05 p.m. 

1 . Consent 

1 . Motion to approve the unavoidable destruction of four artworks at 
Laguna Honda Hospital due to the demolition of the hospital's main 
building as part of the Laguna Honda Hospital Replacement Program 
construction. The artworks are: "Animals and the Natural 
Environment" (by James Morgan, Betty Benard, Yolanda Ramirez, 
Maura Frias, Bob Neil, and Peggy Huff) on the 6th floor; two works in 
the Hospice Garden, Children's Mural (by Inyana Christine Schultz), 
"Butterfly Garden" (a mosaic pathway by Mitsuru Hirano); and a 
seascape mural in the C2 Hospice Lounge (by Chris Kidd). 

Motion: Motion to adopt the consent calendar item. 
Moved: Rinder/ Hunter 

2. Gallery Report 

Gallery Director Meg Shiffler presented the summer series, 'The Dust Never 
Settles,' including artists Margaret Tedesco, Patricia Diart, Claudia Tennyson 
and Kate Pocrass. Ms. Shiffler stated that in light of the earthquake centennial, 
this is an interesting time not only to look at ephemera, but to live in a city 
whose history requires us to live with the notion of disaster constantly 
underfoot. 

Margaret Tedesco will exhibit several flipbooks. Tedesco was inspired by 



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firsthand accounts of earthquake survivors describing various physical and 
emotional states of being they experienced during the quake. The images for 
the flipbooks come from films such as National Velvet. In addition to being 
exhibited at the Gallery at 401 Van Ness, the flipbooks will also be available for 
viewing in the sixth floor Book Arts and Special Collections section of the San 
Francisco Public Library. The librarians are thrilled with this idea, as they feel 
it will increase awareness of a very important and often intimidating room in 
the library. 

Claudia Tennyson's work will occupy the majority of the San Francisco 
Arts Commission Gallery space. Ms. Tennyson's work will utilize contemporary 
furniture that has been transformed into multi-use items: a table might 
become a bed, while a chair might find a use as a shelter. Her work will 
explore the idea of what one might need to make use of in a disaster 
situation. Additionally, Ms. Tennyson will utilize the back of the Gallery to 
show a video. One possibility is a 1950's video that claims a tidy home will 
guard your family from the effects of an atomic bomb. 

Patricia Diart will be in residence in the window space at 155 Grove Street. 
Thanks to a $2,000 honorarium from NORCAL, Ms. Diart will work from 11:00 
a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, throughout the run of the 
exhibition. Ms. Diart will reconstruct a kitchen, and will have volunteers sign 
up to assist in this effort. Ms. Shiffler stated that a small closing reception is a 
possibility. 

Utilizing an interview process, Kate Pocrass has created approximately six 
different poster designs for use on 34 JCDecaux kiosks throughout the city. 
Ms. Pocrass asked people what one object they would save in the event of a 
natural disaster, and why. This project will extend to the Gallery website, 
where Ms. Pocrass will create a blog, and allow viewers to upload an image of 
the piece they would save, along with a description. 

Ms. Shiffler stated that she is excited about this new, multi-sited style of 
programming. Further, the Gallery will produce a booklet, complete with 
images and explanatory text, listing the locations and hours of these various 
projects. 

Ms. Shiffler went on to discuss the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery 
Advisory Board retreat that took place on Saturday, April 29, 2006. She gave 
the Commissioners a handout with a summary of the retreat. Ms. Shiffler 
opened up the discussion by reading the Gallery's original mission statement. 
She stated that the retreat was necessary to begin to generate a new mission 
statement that more closely matched the new programmatic vision. At the 
retreat, the Gallery Advisory Board began with several questions including 
"Whom do we serve?", and "What do we do that no one else can do?" The 
Advisory Board members engaged in a brainstorming session, during which it 
was agreed that the most successful exhibitions at the Gallery have been the 
most surprising ones, such as exhibitions that deal with current political and 
social issues by placing contemporary art in direct dialogue with the City 
government. The Advisory Board also decided that the Civic Center location is 
vital, but the Gallery needs a new facility. Lastly, the Board is exploring 
different avenues of fundraising, obtaining grant money, and recruitment of 
five new members. 

The Commissioners felt that Ms. Shiffler has been doing a wonderful job, and 
the discussion concluded with some thoughts about maintaining the cultural 
mission of the City of San Francisco within the revised Gallery mission 
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Commissioner Przyblyski requested that Ms. Shiffler speak about the next year 
of SFAC Gallery exhibitions at the next Visual Arts Committee meeting. The 
Commissioners are very interested in providing input regarding the range of 
programming proposed. 

Motion: Motion to approve an honorarium of $800 for Laurie MacDougall for 
the Saturday, April 29, 2006, SFAC Gallery Advisory Board Retreat facilitation. 

Moved: Wilsey/Rinder 

3. Abraham Lincoln Brigade Memorial 

Deputy Director Nancy Gonchar provided background on the Abraham Lincoln 
Brigade Memorial project. Ms. Gonchar noted that the project was previously 
reviewed in March 2004, and that the Commissioners were enthusiastic about 
the content and design of the memorial, although there were ongoing concerns 
about the longevity of the materials proposed. Ms. Gonchar stated that Molly 
Lambert of Architectural Conservation Inc. had prepared a maintenance report 
in 2004. Ms. Gonchar then introduced Donna Graves to the Commissioners. 

Ms. Graves stated that she is currently working on conservation issues and a 
maintenance plan with David Wessel at Architectural Resources Group. 

Ms. Gonchar introduced artists Walter Hood and Ann Chamberlain to the 
committee. 

Mr. Hood gave a PowerPoint presentation to the Commissioners, explaining 
that the installation has endured multiple location changes, but is well suited 
for the current planned location behind the Armand Vaillancourt Fountain in 
Justin Herman Plaza on the Embarcadero. The installation has been scaled 
down from its original size of seventy-five feet to about thirty feet, in order 
to adjust to its current location. Mr. Hood stated that the artwork is 
comprised of onyx panels with an image on one side and etched text on the 
other, set into a galvanized steel frame. The panels can easily be removed for 
maintenance and cleaning. Mr. Hood has kept identical onyx pieces outside 
his studio for three years, and they have withstood the elements well. He 
explained that the onyx is somewhat translucent, and as light shines through 
it, the text and images will be visible as a single piece. 

Artist Ann Chamberlain showed the Commission a number of slides, including 
images of the onyx panels and a number of Robert Capa photographs, from 
which Ms. Chamberlain and Mr. Hood will draw the majority of their imagery. 
Ms. Chamberlain explained that the text will be drawn primarily from 
firsthand accounts, letters and poems from the Spanish Civil War, an event 
about which many Americans know very little. Ms. Chamberlain went on to 
explain that Robert Capa's work is well suited for this project, as he 
documented the war effort with heart-wrenching accuracy and with a 
particular affinity for children. Additionally, many of these images portray 
people who currently live in the Bay Area. Both Ms. Chamberlain and Mr. Hood 
stated that Magnum, which owns the photo rights, will not charge royalties 
for the use of the images, and that the Capa Estate has been extremely 
supportive of the project. 

Commissioner Przyblyski commented that it is important to mount projects 
such as this, as it commemorates labor and the progressive political history of 
San Francisco. 

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Motion: Motion to approve the new design and location for the Abraham 
Lincoln Brigade Memorial. This motion is contingent on staff and the artists 
resolving the technical aspects of the installation. 
Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

4. Coffman Pool 

Deputy Public Art Program Director Susan Pontious presented the final images 
for the Coffman Pool windows by the artist team of Steve Gillman and 
Katherine Keefer. Ms. Pontious reminded the Commissioners that they had 
previously approved the conceptual design for the Coffman Pool, and that the 
current phase is for image approval only. 

Ms. Pontious showed two large color images; one depicted a young African- 
American girl swimming and laughing in the pool, and the other depicted a 
young Asian-American girl swimming and holding her breath. Ms. Pontious 
stated that these images will occupy two large glass panels on either side of 
the Coffman pool house, and will each measure approximately twelve feet 
high. The images were well received by the Commissioners. 

Motion: Motion to approve final images for the Coffman Pool windows by the 
artist team of Steve Gillman and Katherine Keefer. 

Moved: Hunter/Wilsey 

5. San Francisco International Airport 

Deputy Public Art Program Director Susan Pontious presented the budget for 
the expenditure of the balance of the Master Plan Project Art Enrichment 
Funds and the Secure Connector Art Enrichment Funds. Ms. Pontious went 
over the budget in detail, explaining that we have a balance of $956,000, 
much of which is already budgeted for new projects, such as commissioning 
Hung Liu and Joyce Hsu for two walls in concourse G, the sister city light 
projection project and funding for artists Claire Rojas and Richard Misrach to 
create two additional artworks in Boarding Area G of the International 
Terminal. We will have a small fund balance remaining after commissioning 
these new works. The Airport Steering Committee approved the proposed 
budget, and as Commissioner Hunter was in attendance at the Airport 
Steering Committee meeting, the rest of the Committee was confident 
regarding this approval. The Committee decided to discuss the potential 
projects for the secure connector at a later time. 

Motion: Motion to approve the budget for expenditure of balance of Master 
Plan Project Art Enrichment Funds and Secure Connector Art Enrichment 
Funds. Explanatory document. 

Moved: Wilsey/ Hunter 

Motion: Motion to approve the selection of Richard Misrach and Clare Rojas to 
be commissioned to create artworks for gate room walls in Boarding Area G of 
the International Terminal at SFO, with authorization for the Director of 
Cultural Affairs to enter into an agreement with each to design, fabricate and 
transport an artwork for Boarding Area G for an amount not to exceed 
$100,000. 

Moved: Hunter/Wilsey 

6. Portola Branch Library 

Project Manager Judy Moran presented the preliminary design for an artwork 
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that she wanted to bring the design to the Commissioners at this early point in 
the process, as the detailing of each design will take considerable time and 
later revisions would be more time-consuming. Ms. Zed is creating four glass 
shutters to be placed in the windows of the new branch library. 

Ms. Zed stated that at Portola community meetings, residents spoke of the 
large number of nurseries that previously existed in the area. With this in 
mind, Ms. Zed will use stylized motifs of Bay Area flowers for her glass panels. 
Salvaging some of her dichroic glass from a defunct computer company, she 
has been able to develop a color palette that varies depending on the light. 
Other glass imaging techniques include sandblasting, laminated copper, and 
molded glass. Ms. Zed stated the she would like to incorporate different 
methods into the shutter panel designs to represent the diversity of the 
community. 

Commissioner Przyblyski commented that she appreciates that the windows 
complement, rather than copy, the architecture of the building, and 
encouraged Ms. Zed to be brave with her use of color. Commissioner Wilsey 
stated that the windows respond well to the nostalgia of the community while 
maintaining a modernist aesthetic. 

Motion: Motion to approve the preliminary design of glass and metal window 
shutters by artist Dana Zed for the new Portola Branch Library. 

Moved: Rinder/Wilsey 

7. Ingleside Branch Library 

Project Manger Judy Moran presented the revised design development of an 
iron gate and adjacent fence panels by artist Eric Powell for the exterior of 
the new Ingleside Branch Library. Ms. Moran said that Mr. Powell had 
incorporated many of the Commissioners' suggestions on the previous 
proposal into this revised design. The new design incorporated ancient Dal 
writing symbols. 

The Commissioners felt that the new design was greatly improved, and more 
interesting than earlier versions. 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised design of a metal gate and adjacent 
fence panels by artist Eric Powell for the new Ingleside Branch Library. 

Moved: Wilsey/ Hunter 

8. Sunnyside Playground 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil presented a conceptual design by artist 
Deborah Kennedy for fence panel inserts and seatwall embedment at 
Sunnyside Playground. Ms. Macneil stated that Ms. Kennedy, who was chosen 
from the Public Art Program's pre-qualified artist pool, is working with a 
modest budget of thirty five thousand dollars. 

Improvements to the park include an updated children's playground, a small 
plaza, and a ramp to offer accessibility to the lower level of the clubhouse. 
Ms. Kennedy proposes to insert water-jet cut steel panels into the guardrail 
system along the ramp and above the playground. These panels are designed 
to reference the loops of fiery gases that escape from the surface of the sun, 
thus picking up on the name of the park. There will be architectural credits as 
a result of replacing the specified fencing materials, so the art budget will 
increase to about $40,000. Also, should additional funding be obtained, Ms. 
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the plaza and playground. 

Motion: Motion to approve the conceptual design of artwork by Deborah 
Kennedy for Sunnyside Playground and authorization to the Director of 
Cultural Affairs to enter into contract with the artist for an amount not to 
exceed $40,000. 

Moved: Hunter/Wilsey 

9. South East Water Pollution Control Plant 

This report was continued to the June meeting. 

10. Argonne Playground 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil presented the final design by artist Joyce Hsu 
for two insect sculptures to be attached to the entrance gateposts at Argonne 
Playground. Ms. Macneil reminded the Commissioners that the only change to 
this design was to include two insect species instead of one. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final design of artwork by Joyce Hsu of two 
insect sculptures to be attached to the entrance gateposts at Argonne 
Playground. 

Moved: Wilsey/ Hunter 

1 1 . Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton and Project Manager Tonia Macneil 
presented the conceptual design by the artist team of Jon Rubin and Jim 
Goldberg for artwork at Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center. 

Ms. Macneil introduced the artist team of Jim Goldberg and Jon Rubin to the 
Commissioners. Mr. Goldberg and Mr. Rubin stated that when they first 
presented their design to the Commissioners, it involved buying, modifying 
and mounting trophies on the rear wall of the auditorium and enclosing the 
installation in glass as a way to acknowledge and champion the local 
community. They have spent several years attempting to complete design 
development of the three-dimensional proposal with the funding allotted, but 
were unable to obtain prices that were within their budget, finding that the 
bulk of their cost would be consumed by the glass enclosure. They finally 
agreed to modify their proposal in March of this year. The artists will not 
change the basic concept of the proposal, as they feel the trophies honor the 
common and local heroes of the community. 

The current design will be a wall-size photograph laminated between sheets 
of glass, although some of the prices for this system are still unknown. The 
artists propose to use photographs of trophies, and construct an image of 
interconnected trophies, using the notion of genealogy. This genealogy will 
begin with Minnie and Lovie Ward, and move out from there, exploring the 
invisible web of connections that exist in all communities. Using 100 degrees 
of separation, this original couple will become connected to friends, family, 
neighbors and community members. This photographic chart may also have a 
key or a legend, to account for names that may be closer to the top and 
therefore more difficult to read. 

Both artists acknowledged that the biggest stumbling block for them will be 
timing, as this project has a completion date of February of 2007. The artists 
proposed the following timeline: 
Present-October, 2006: Names collected 
November- December 7, 2006 : Image completed 



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December 8, 2006: Files sent to the manufacturer 
January 1, 2007: Delivery and Installation 

This revised proposal was well- received by all of the Commissioners. 
Commissioner Hunter stated that it displays a strong artistic intelligence. 

This motion has been revised 

Motion: Motion to approve the conceptual design of artwork by Jon Rubin and 

Jim Goldberg for artwork to be installed at Minnie and Lovie Recreation 

Center. 

Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

Motion: Motion to approve the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into 
contract with the artists for design development, fabrication, transportation, 
and consultation during the installation of the artwork for an amount not to 
exceed $120,000. 

Moved: Wilsey/ Rinder 

12. Blue Greenway Project 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton presented the Blue Greenway Project: 
a new pedestrian bicycle path will be built along the South Central waterfront 
from AT&T Park to Hunter's Point. This project is a collaboration between the 
Mayor's Office of Greening, the Department of Public Works, the Port 
Commission, the Department of Parking and Traffic, the Neighborhood Parks 
Council and the Arts Commission. To inaugurate the project and make it a 
new destination, there was consensus that a temporary art program should be 
initiated to complement the new project. 

As the result of a public competition, three artists were chosen to install 
sculptures for a six-month period at each of the three sites: Topher Delaney 
of Seam Studio will create a multi-component installation for Aqua Vista Park, 
William Wareham will install a brightly painted sculpture at 22 nd and Cargo 
Way, and Pepe Ozan will install several sculptures from the Monicacos series 
at India Basin. 

Ms. Manton explained that the first two artists are installing in locations that 
are under Port jurisdiction, and do not require Arts Commission approval. 
Pepe Ozan's work will be placed on Recreation and Park property, and 
therefore needs approval from the Arts Commission to proceed. 

Pepe Ozan will install a temporary sculpture of work entitled 'Monicacos' at 
India Basin Park for a period starting June 15, 2006, and concluding December 
15, 2006. Ms. Manton introduced Leah Cohen from the Mayor's office. Ms. 
Cohen stated that the India Basin site is located at the top of a park, and so is 
visible from the road and the water. 

Ms. Manton then introduced artist Pepe Ozan. Mr. Ozan stated that the 
sculpture was originally conceived to be exhibited at Burning Man. Mr. Ozan 
stated that the piece is appropriate for the neighborhood, as the name, which 
translates into 'Puppets of Hope,' responded to the theme for this year's 
Burning Man, 'hope and fear.' 

Ms. Manton explained that the Mayor's office will transfer funding to the Arts 
Commission to enable the Arts Commission to issue a grant of $39,375 to the 
Neighborhood Parks Council to coordinate the three temporary sculpture 
projects. This grant, which will be signed by each of the three artists, is a 



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clever and efficient way to ensure that the City's needs are met through the 
execution of a single document. The artists will receive 50% of the funding 
prior to installing artwork, and the balance once the work is removed and the 
property is restored to its original state. Ms. Cohen added that the Mayor's 
office is in full support of this project, and that she is indebted to Ms. 
Manton, without whom this project would not be possible. 

This motion has been revised 

Motion: Motion to approve a grant of $39,375 to the Neighborhoods Parks 

Council for the coordination and implementation of three temporary sculpture 

projects to inaugurate the new Blue Greenway Project initiated by the 

Mayor's Office. 

Moved: Wilsey/ Hunter 

This motion has been revised 

Motion: Motion to approve the temporary sculpture of work entitled 
'Monicacos' by artist Pepe Ozan at India Basin Park for a period starting June 
15, 2006, and concluding December 15, 2006. 

Moved: Hunter/Wilsey 

13. Rolph Playground/Potrero del Sol Playground 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton stated that the Arts Commission is 
recommending Isis Rodriguez from the 2005 Pre-Qualified Pool as the artist to 
perform the design, fabrication and transportation of a two-component 
artwork for Rolph and Potrero del Sol Playgrounds. 

Rolph Playground and Potrero del Sol Playground are located on the east and 
west sides of Potrero Avenue at 25 th Street. The scope of construction for the 
two projects calls for the renovation of an existing facility, a small addition to 
a building, replacement of a fence, new playground equipment and the 
creation of a skateboard park. The artist will be asked to design a pair of 
sculptural gateways, and possibly, in response to the interest of the 
community, to create a tile mural on the facade of a building in Potrero del 
Sol. 

The Art Enrichment budget for these two parks is approximately $1 5,000 
each. With a limited budget, Ms. Manton selected the artist from the pre- 
qualified artists' pool instead of conducting a more extensive community 
process. Ms. Manton stated the Ms. Rodriguez is an ideal candidate as she is 
experienced in both metalwork and tilework, and lived in the neighborhood 
for many years. Additionally, Ms. Rodriguez did a wonderful job designing the 
tile mosaics at Parque los Ninos Unidos. She will meet with the community to 
learn of their concerns and interests prior to commencing work on a design. 

Commissioner Przyblyski commented that she is in full support of this pooling 
of Recreation and Parks funds, but would like to revisit the results of using 
small budgets to commission functional or ornamental artworks in the future. 

Motion: Motion to enter into an agreement with Isis Rodriguez for a total 
amount of $30,000 for the design, fabrication and transportation of a two- 
component artwork to be installed at both the Rolph Playground and the 
Potrero del Sol Playgrounds. 

Moved: Wilsey/ Hunter 

1 4. Moscone Recreation Center 

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representative on the selection panel to take place at a time to be determined. 

15. Art on Market Street 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton asked that the discussion regarding 
the Art on Market Street Program be deferred to the next meeting due to the 
late hour. Commissioner Przyblyski stated that staff could proceed with the 
Market Street RFP, to which Ms. Manton replied that the new plan that staff 
was proposing would not include a competition. Instead, staff would create an 
annual vision for the program, as outlined in the staff report, without a 
competition. Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she liked the idea of an 
annual plan and staff should proceed to develop one for 2007 to bring to the 
Commissioners at the June Visual Arts Committee meeting. 

16. New Business 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton distributed Public Art Project District 
Reports along with a comprehensive Progress Report representing the 
collective work of the program to the Commissioners. The district reports 
represent each of the City Supervisors' districts, and document Public Art 
Projects completed or begun between 2003 and 2006. These reports include a 
short descriptive text and image of the completed artwork. The Progress 
Report lists all sixty-three public art and collections projects currently in 
progress. 

The District Reports were created with the intent of being distributed to the 
Board of Supervisors to make them aware of the Art Commission's activities in 
each of their districts. 

Both reports were very well received by the Commissioners. 

17. Old Business 

18. Adjournment 

As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:21 p.m. 

5/22/2006 



Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Ellen Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

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consideration of the item. 

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MEMORANDUM 

TO: Honorable Members of the Visual Arts Committee 

FROM: Tonia Macneil 

Project Manager, Public Art Program 

252-2551 

DATE: May 11, 2006 

RE: STAFF REPORTS 



Sunnyside Playground 

Location: Melrose Ave and Foerster Street. 

Art Project Budget: $25,600 plus architectural credits of $5,350: $30,850. 

Artist: Deborah Kennedy 

Sunnyside Playground steps down a steep hillside through five terraces, each with a 
separate activity. Half-way down is a small redwood and concrete clubhouse. The site 
will be renovated to bring it up to code for Accessibility. A new children's playground 
will be added. The limited art budget means that artwork will be limited to a few 
elements in the total scheme. 

Artist Deborah Kennedy was selected from a short list of artists culled from the 2005 
artist's pool. She proposes to create water-jet cut steel fence panels to be inset into the 
fencing system at two different sites on the playground. Because the project was at 90% 
Construction Documents by the time she was selected, she has had to design and create 
construction documents all at the same time. At the May meeting, her conceptual 
proposal will be presented, along with the Landscape Architect's presentation boards. 

Recommendation : Approval of Conceptual Proposal by Deborah Kennedy for artwork at 
Sunnyside Playground. 

South East Water Pollution Control Plant (SEWPCP) 

Location: Jerrold and Phelps, Bayview District 

Art Project Budget: $64,600. Art contract: $57,000 Remaining funds: $43,000 

Artist: Victor Zaballa 

Background : 

Artist Victor Zaballa was commissioned in December of 2001 to create artwork for 
SEWPCP. He proposed creating a glazed tile and mosaic mural for the lobby walls of the 
facility. Sometime before November 2002, he suffered a stroke and kidney failure and 
has been on dialysis ever since. Despite innumerable requests, meetings, and attempts to 
support the artist and his process, Zaballa has not been able to complete the design of his 



artwork. His current circumstances and future prospects do not indicate that the situation 
will change. 



2001 Victor Zaballa was commissioned in December of 2001 to create artwork for 
SEWPCP based upon the selection of a specific proposal submitted by the 
artist for the walls and ceiling of the facility lobby. He entered into contract 
for a $10,000 design fee. The available budget for artwork was $70,000. Due 
to an inadvertent error in the way the PUC staff calculated the art enrichment 
allocation, the overall art budget had to be reduced to $57,000. 

2002 In February, the Arts Commission sponsored a brown-bag lunch for staff to 
meet the artist. The artist then spent a month on site creating a full-size 
cartoon of artwork. In October, the VAC approved the artist's revised 
Conceptual Proposal for artwork without the ceiling element. 

2003 Between November 2002 and the end of 2003, staff made numerous written 
requests for information and documentation to complete Design Development 
of his proposal. 

2004 In August, 2004, based upon a series of problems and complications with 
another project involving the artist, staff asked Zaballa to designate a 
representative to fabricate the artwork for him. He was given the choice to 
have the work fabricated by another or not at all. If he did not agree to let 
someone else fabricate the artwork, the Commission would pay any artist fee 
money due to the artist and his contract would be terminated. The final artist' 
fee was paid to the artist in September, 2004. 

2005 The Artist proposed designating Fireclay Tile, to act as prime contractor with 
Zaballa as sub to complete tile painting and mosaic elements. Staff proceeded 
to work with Fireclay to become an approved city vendor. In January, 2005, 
the VAC approved another revised design, half-as large as the previous one. 
Again, in spite of multiple requests, the artist was unable to provide requested 
deliverables required for the final design. 

2006 In January, I met twice with the artist and we mutually agreed that he would 
complete the remaining elements of his design and provide deliverables within 
30 days. My subsequent letter to him clearly warned that failing to meet the 
deadline would result in termination of our working relationship with him and 
cancellation of the project. 

At the same time, we learned that Zaballa' s partner had suffered a relapse of 
cancer and was gravely ill. In the interest of supporting both the artist and his 
partner, we delayed termination past the February deadline. I have continued 
to meet with and encourage Zaballa to complete his work, but he has been 
unable to do so. As stated above, there does not appear to be any prospect of 
a change in his circumstances, and in fact they are likely to get worse. 

Staff is requesting direction from the Commission as to how to proceed with 
this situation given the circumstances involved. 



Argonne Playground 

Location: Argonne Playground, between 18 th and 19 th Avenues, off Geary Street. 

Richmond District 

Art Project Budget: $25,000 

Artist: Joyce Hsu 

Review of Final Design. Artist's Conceptual Design was presented and approved at the 
April 4 th VAC meeting. 

Recommendation: 

Approve Final Design of artwork by Joyce Hsu for Argonne Playground. 



Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center 

Location: 650 Capital Avenue at Montana Street, OMI District. 

Art Project Budget: $135,000 

Artists: Jon Rubin and Jim Goldberg 

This project was first presented to the current members of the Visual Arts Committee in 
December of 2005, however it had been under development for a year prior to that with 
the approval of the former members of the Visual Arts Committee. The original proposal 
was to create a giant, three-foot deep trophy case covering most of a wall measuring 26 
feet high by 40 feet wide. 500 to 700 real trophies would be modified with new figurines 
and text. They would appear to be free floating against a black background. 

After several attempts over the course of two years to find a fabricator to create the 
figurines or photographic images for their trophies, Jon Rubin and Jim Goldberg have 
decided to modify their design for a trophy wall in the community room at the Minnie 
and Lovie Ward Recreation Center. They now propose to eliminate the original three- 
dimensional glass case and create a two dimensional artwork using a photographic image 
to be laminated between sheets of glass and installed against the back wall of the room. 
Due to the change in format, the artists are developing a new concept for the artwork. 
This will be the third proposal by the artists that staff has presented to the Commission. 
Approval of the first proposal was rescinded due to strong objections by the Client and 
community. 

The new proposal will be presented at the May Visual Arts Committee meeting. The 
artists are under considerable time pressure, as the center is under construction and the art 
installation is scheduled for early Spring, 2007. DPW had incorporated architectural and 
structural support for the glass enclosure surrounding the trophies into the construction 
documents for the Center. Before making a permanent change to the construction plans, 
DPW and Rec Park would like to make certain that the new proposal is feasible. 

Recommendation 

Staff has not yet had the opportunity to view the new or revised proposal to be submitted 
by the artists as they have been given up until the time of the VAC to work on and 



develop the new proposal. While we would very much for the project to go forward 
given the considerable amount of time and money already spent, we cannot make a 
recommendation without having seen a specific proposal. This matter will be deferred to 
the discretion of the Visual Arts Committee for approval or rejection. Should the 
Committee vote to reject the proposal, it has the option to request a new proposal or to 
recommend that staff terminate the contract with the artists and commence a new 
selection process to identify a new artist for the commission. If the Commission wishes 
to terminate the contract, we shall confer with the city attorney as to the exact steps that 
need to be undertaken. 



Date: May 12, 2006 

To: The Honorable Members of the Visual Arts Committee 

From: Jill Manton, Director, Public Art 

Re: Staff Reports for May 19, 2006 VAC Agenda Items 

Commissioners: 

Item 12: Blue Greenway Project 

The Mayor's Office of Greening, along with Department of Public Works, the 
Port Commission, Department of Parking and Traffic and the Neighborhood 
Parks Council are working together to inaugurate a new pedestrian bicycle 
pathway along the South Central waterfront. The pathway will start south of 
AT&T Park and will continue to Hunter's Point. In conjunction with the creation 
of this new public amenity, a temporary public art program will be initiated with 
funding provided by the Mayor's Office. A public solicitation was conducted and 
a selection panel comprised of the following individuals was established to review 
proposals Port Commissioner Michael Hardeman, Recreation and Park 
Department Commissioner Jim Lazarus, Civil Service Commissioner and 
representative of the Bay view Citizen's Advisory Committee Linda Richardson, 
Burning Man curator Beth Scarborough, artist Jim Grow den, and myself on 
behalf of the Arts Commission. Of the 20 proposals submitted, the following 
artists were selected: 

Toper Delaney of Seam Studio for Aqua Vista Park 
William Wareham - 22 n and Cargo Way 
Pepe Ozan - India Basin 

The Aqua Vista and Cargo Way sites are Port property and are not subject to the 
review and approval of the Arts Commission. The India Basin site is under the 
jurisdiction of the Recreation and Park Department and Arts Commission 
approval is required. A copy of the sculptures proposed for a six-month display is 
included for your review. The dimensions of the three Monicacos: 

a) "Linzzy" 14'x3'x3' 

b) "The Watcher" 12'x3'x3' 

c) "Bobo" 9'x4'x4' 

The basic form of the sculpture is sculpted in Styrofoam, which is covered with 2 
to 5 layers of fiber glass and FGR 95, an improved hydrocal . Lastly, they are 
painted with "Nova" colors and finished with two coats of sealer. The sculptures 
will be on public display for a period of six months. 



Item 13. Rolph Playground and Potrero del Sol Art Enrichment 
These two projects are located on the east and west sides of Potrero Avenue at 
25' Street. Each project will generate approximately $15,000 in art enrichment. 
The scope of construction at Rolph Playground includes renovation of the existing 
facility and a small building addition. Work at Portrero del Sol includes fence 
replacement, installation of new play equipment and the creation of a skate 
boarding park. The recommendation of staff from Rec and Park, Arts 
Commission and the landscape architects is for the to artist develop a pair of 
sculptural gateways for each of the parks. In addition, the community has 
expressed interest in the possibility of a tile mural on the facade of the building at 
Potrero del Sol. In light of the recommendation for either ornamental metal work 
and/ or a tile mural, I am recommending the selection of Isis Rodriguez from the 
pre-qualified artist pool as she has experience in both of these media. Slides of her 
work will be presented at the meeting. 

Re: Item #15 Art on Market Program (Submitted by Jill Manton and Judy Moran 

Staff would like to propose an alternate approach to developing the Art on Market 
Street Program, beginning with the 2007 annual events. To increase and maintain 
a consistently high standard for both the Kiosk Poster Series and the Temporary 
Projects Program, staff recommends a proactive curatorial role by public art staff, 
which would develop a cohesive annual series of events, through staff 
recruitment, with a short roster of projects for final curatorial discretion by the 
Visual Arts Committee. Particularly with the complexity of temporary public 
projects, staff would prefer to explore and identify artists and artist groups 
demonstrably capable of creating high quality works within the parameters of 
requirements necessitated by city regulations. A curatorial approach will also 
allow for more complexity, flexibility and variety in the types of projects 
developed, including collaborative projects, occasional projects combining a 
poster series with a related temporary project, projects in a variety of media, such 
as printed materials for public distribution (Cento would be an earlier example), 
and complementary public outreach activities, such as panels and public 
discussions. With current limited staff resources, however, the number of events 
would not increase, with four poster exhibitions a year and approximately two to 
three temporary projects 

In the interests of consolidating staff time, this approach would also eliminate the 
more time-consuming and competitive artist application and peer panel selection 
process. However, staff would maintain an open call on our website for interested 
artists to submit materials. This ensures that artists not yet known to staff would 
continue to have the opportunity to introduce their work to us. 



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Wednesday, June 21, 2006 

3:00 p.m. 

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DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
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Agenda 









1 . Consent 

1. Motion to approve Jonathan Bonner's granite sample submission of Mountain 
Rose Granite with a honed finish as the material for his sculpture for Laguna 
Honda Hospital. 

2. Motion to approve the six final poster designs by artist Mark Brest Van 
Kempen for the Art on Market Street 2006 Kiosk Poster Series, for exhibition 
in 24 kiosks on Market Street from August 1 1 to November 9, 2006. 

2. Collections Update 

Nancy Gonchar 

Presentation, Discussion and possible action to approve the agreement 
between the Arts Commission and Olympic View Realty regarding the 
placement of the Beniamino Bufano sculpture entitled, "Peace," located on 
Brotherhood Way. 

Motion: Motion to approve the agreement between the Arts Commission and 
Olympic View Realty regarding the Beniamino Bufano sculpture 'Peace', 
Located on Brotherhood way. 

Presentation by the Fire Arts Coalition regarding their efforts to perform in 
public spaces throughout San Francisco. 

Motion: Motion to support the Fire Arts Coalition and their efforts to perform in 
public spaces throughout San Francisco 

3. Moscone Recreation Center 

Judy Moran 

Presentation of the Moscone Recreation Project selection panel's 
recommendation of Kent Roberts, Troy Corliss and Brian Goggin as finalists to 
submit preliminary proposals for the Moscone Recreation center. 

Motion: Motion to approve the Moscone Recreation Project selection panel's 
recommendation of Kent Roberts, Troy Corliss and Brian Goggin as finalists to 
submit preliminary proposals for the Moscone Recreation center. 

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in the amount of $500 to Kent Roberts, Troy Corliss and Brian Goggin for 
preliminary proposals for the Moscone Recreation Center. 

4. San Francisco International Airport 

Susan Pontious 

Staff Report 

Presentation of Lewis deSoto Sister City prototype and medallion designs. 

Motion: Pending Airport approval, authorization for the Director of Cultural 
Affairs to enter into an agreement with Lewis deSoto for an amount not to 
exceed $45,000 to fabricate and deliver sixteen sister city light gels and 
projectors for installation at San Francisco International Airport. 

5. Victoria Manalo Draves Park 

Susan Pontious 

Presentation of the temporary installation sponsored by the Black Rock Arts 
Foundation, of the sculpture Stan, the Submerging Man, by Finley Fryer, for a 
period not to exceed 6 mos. at Victoria Manalo Draves Park (formerly known as 
SOMA Park) pending approval from the Recreation and Parks Commission. 

Motion: Motion to approve the temporary installation sponsored by the Black 
Rock Arts Foundation, of the sculpture Stan, the Submerging Man, by Finley 
Fryer, for a period not to exceed 6 mos. at Victoria Manalo Draves Park 
(formerly known as SOMA Park) pending approval from the Recreation and 
Parks Commission. 

6. Argonne Playground 

Tonia Macneil 

Staff Report 

Review of modified final design for artwork by artist Joyce Hsu for two insect 

sculptures to be attached to the entrance gateposts at Argonne Playground. 

Motion: Based on the artist's resolution of the design issues, motion to approve 
the modified final design of artwork by artist Joyce Hsu for two insect 
sculptures to be attached to the entrance gateposts at Argonne Playground. 

7. SEWPCP 

Tonia Macneil 

Staff Report 

Request for guidance as to how to proceed with providing artwork for the lobby 

of the South East Water Pollution Control Plant. 

8. New Business 

9. Old Business 
10. Adjournment 

6/16/2006 



Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Ellen Shershow (415) 252-2594. 



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Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness, Suite 3900, San 
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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
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to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Administrator, 
Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San 
Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by 
email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

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MEMORANDUM 

TO: Honorable Members of the Visual Arts Committee 

FROM: Tonia Macneil 

Project Manager, Public Art Program 
252-2551 

DATE: June 9, 2006 

RE: STAFF REPORTS 

South East Water Pollution Control Plant (SEWPCP) 

Location: Jerrold and Phelps, Bayview District 

Art Project Budget: $64,600. Art contract: $57,000 Remaining funds: $43,000 

Artist: Victor Zaballa 

Request for Guidance 

Background : 

Artist Victor Zaballa was commissioned in December of 2001 to create artwork for 
SEWPCP. He proposed creating a glazed tile and mosaic mural for the lobby walls of the 
facility. Sometime before November 2002, he suffered a stroke and kidney failure and 
has been on dialysis ever since. Despite innumerable requests, meetings, and attempts to 
support the artist and his process, Zaballa has not been able to complete the design of his 
artwork. His current circumstances and future prospects do not indicate that the situation 
will change. 



2001 Victor Zaballa was commissioned in December of 2001 to create artwork for 
SEWPCP. He entered into contract for a $10,000 design fee. The available 
budget for artwork was $70,000. 

2002 In February, the Arts Commission sponsored a brown-bag lunch for staff to 
meet the artist. The artist then spent a month on site creating a full-size 
cartoon of artwork. Subsequently, the budget was reduced to $57,000. In 
October, the VAC approved the artist's revised Conceptual Proposal for 
artwork without the ceiling element. 

2003 Between November 2002 and the end of 2003, staff made numerous written 
requests for information and documentation to complete Design Development 
of his design. 

2004 In August, 2004, following the terms of the contract, staff asked Zaballa to 
designate a representative to fabricate the artwork for him. He was given the 
choice to have the work fabricated by another or not at all. If he did not agree 
to let someone else fabricate the artwork, the Commission would pay off his 
contract and the project would terminate. The final contract payment was 
made in September, 2003. 



2005 In spite of having paid off the contract in 2003, Zaballa continued working 
and in January, 2005, the VAC approved another revised design, half-as large 
as the previous one. The committee approved the artist's originally 
designated subcontractor, Fireclay Tile, to act as prime contractor with 
Zaballa as sub to complete tile painting and mosaic elements. Again, in spite 
of multiple requests, the artist was unable to provide requested deliverables. 

2006 In January, I met twice with the artist and we mutually agreed that he would 
complete the remaining elements of his design and provide deliverables within 
30 days. My subsequent letter to him clearly warned that failing to meet the 
deadline would result in termination of our relationship with him and 
cancellation of the project. 

At the same time, we learned that Zaballa' s partner had suffered a relapse of 
cancer and was gravely ill. In the interest of supporting both the artist and his 
partner, we delayed termination past the February deadline. I have continued 
to meet with and encourage Zaballa to complete his work, but he has been 
unable to do so. As stated above, there does not appear to be any prospect of 
a change in his circumstances, and in fact they are likely to get worse. 

Request: 

Staff is requesting guidance as to how to proceed with providing artwork for the lobby of 

the South East Water Pollution Control Plant. 

Argonne Playground 

Location: Argonne Playground, between 18 th and 19 th Avenues, off Geary Street. 

Richmond District 

Art Project Budget: $25,000 

Artist: Joyce Hsu 

Re-submission of Final Design. 

At the last meeting, the Committee reviewed the final design of the artwork by Joyce 
Hsu. At that time, the only substantial change was the artist's decision to create two 
distinct insect sculptures instead of two alike. Since that time, the artist has been working 
with her engineer to finalize the attachment method and has made several design changes, 
which are quite different from her original proposal. For instance, as of this writing, the 
insects will sit on top of the gateposts, rather than be attached to the sides as originally 
designed. Both the Client and the Architect has objected to this change, as that would 
mean that the underside of the sculptures would start at a height of 12 feet. Staff has 
instructed the artist to re-think this solution. It is hoped that a final design and 
installation solution will be ready for review at the meeting, as the information is urgently 
needed by the General Contractor. 

Recommendation : Staff has not yet seen the revised proposal. Our recommendation will 
be made at the meeting based on the solution developed by the artist. 



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June 21 



VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 

Wednesday, June 21, 2006 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



Minutes 

Commissioners Present 

Leonard Hunter, Jeannene Przyblyski, Pop Zhao 

Absent: Lawrence Rinder, Dede Wilsey 

Staff Present 

Nancy Gonchar, Tonia Macneil, Judy Moran, Richard Newirth, Susan Pontious, Ellen 
Shershow, Meg Shiffler 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
JUL 3 1 2006 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 



The meeting commenced at 3:05 p.m. 

1 . Consent 

1. Motion to approve Jonathan Bonner's granite sample submission of 
Mountain Rose Granite with a honed finish as the material for his 
sculpture for Laguna Honda Hospital. 

2. Motion to approve the six final poster designs by artist Mark Brest 
Van Kempen for the Art on Market Street 2006 Kiosk Poster Series, for 
exhibition in 24 kiosks on Market Street from August 11 to November 9, 
2006. 

Motion: Motion to adopt the consent calendar items. 
Moved: Hunter/Zhao 

2. Collections Update 

Deputy Director Nancy Gonchar publicly thanked the collections staff, Carol 
Marie Daniels, Marcus Davies, Sarah Lenoue, Susan Pontious and Rommel Taylor 
for their extraordinary work on the collection. Ms. Gonchar reminded the 
Commissioners that numerous conservation, maintenance and renovation 
projects have been completed this year, including Portals of the Past, Lotto's 
Fountain and ten pieces at the San Francisco International Airport, among 
others. Additionally, the staff has gone the extra step of coordinating a 
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conservators and art technicians. 

Ms. Gonchar then presented the agreement between the Arts Commission and 
Olympic View Realty regarding the Beniamino Bufano sculpture entitled 
"Peace," located on Brotherhood Way. The construction of 182 residential 
units at 800 Brotherhood Way will require that the sculpture be protected 
during construction. The agreement states that Olympic View Realty will, at its 
sole expense, protect the sculpture throughout the construction project, clean 
the sculpture within thirty days of the construction completion, and furnish 
landscape lighting as well as a path for disabled access to the base of the 
sculpture. Olympic View Realty has been extremely amenable to this 
arrangement. 

Motion: Motion to approve the agreement between the Arts Commission and 
Olympic View Realty regarding the Beniamino Bufano sculpture "Peace," 
located on Brotherhood Way. 

Moved: Hunter/Zhao 

Ms. Gonchar went on to present the Fire Arts Coalition and their efforts to 
perform in public spaces throughout San Francisco. Ms. Gonchar explained that 
the cost of permit fees has risen sharply over the past year, making them more 
difficult to obtain. The Fire Arts Coalition has already received a supportive 
motion from the Entertainment Commission. Ms. Gonchar introduced a 
representative for the Fire Arts Coalition, Vatra Amidzich. 

Mr. Amidzich stated that he is a fire dance performance artist, and as a 
representative of the Fire Arts Coalition, he would like to ask for the support of 
the Arts Commission. He said that fire dancing already experiences a broad 
range of support in San Francisco, including groups such as Bom Tribe, Burning 
Man, the Fire Arts Collective and Pyronauts. They are looking to create an 
alliance with the Arts Commission, the San Francisco Fire Department and the 
Entertainment Commission to bring affordable and legal fire arts dance to San 
Francisco. 

Mr. Amidzich explained that fire dancing utilizes small amounts of fuel that are 
completely harmless when used correctly. Fire dance performers do not use 
fireworks, pyrotechnics, or any substance that explodes. Crowd control and 
safety are extremely important to fire dancers, who inspect their tools 
meticulously and have fire extinguishers at every performance. 

Currently, in order to have a single performance, a fire dancer must obtain the 
following permits: 

1. Fire Department fee: $160 

2. Fire Marshal Fee: $380 

3. Insurance 

4. Street Closure and /or Parks and Recreation fees 

This means that each fire dancer must pay a minimum of $540 per 
performance. 

Because the Fire Arts Coalition members would like to make a living doing what 
they love, they are proposing an annual fire dance permit for fire dance artists. 
They propose that performers would need to receive a passing grade for three 
events to be eligible for such a permit, in addition to carrying insurance, and 
receiving warnings leading to probations should they commit infractions during 
the time that the permit is active. This annual permit would be renewable, and 
would include all fire permit and Fire Marshal fees for all events. Mr. Amidzich 
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Mr. Amidzich stated that this will bolster the reputation of the City of San 
Francisco as a cultural mecca that supports innovative and vibrant forms of 
performance art, in addition to increasing awareness of fire safety. He stated 
that the coalition is not looking to change any of the current rules, but to work 
with them in a mutually beneficial manner. 

In response to the Commissioners' questions, Mr. Amidzich stated that the 
coalition was encouraged to get support from the Entertainment Commission 
and the Arts Commission before approaching the Fire Department. 

Motion: Motion to support the Fire Arts Coalition and their efforts to perform in 
public spaces throughout San Francisco 

Moved: Hunter/Zhao 

MosconeRecreation Center 

On behalf of Public Art Program Director Jill Manton, Project Manager Judy Moran 
presented the Moscone Recreation Project selection panel's recommendation of Kent 
Roberts, Troy Corliss and Brian Goggin as finalists to submit preliminary proposals for 
the Moscone Recreation Center. 

Ms. Moran showed the Commissioners photographs of the existing Recreation Center 
and explained that the building will be renovated. She stated the project architects and 
Marina community members were most interested in a stand-alone sculpture to be 
placed at some point along Chestnut Street, near the Recreation Center. The community 
would also like the work to both reflect the history of the area and respond to the 
aesthetics of the Recreation Center, which is a multi-use facility for children, adults and 
seniors. 

Ms. Moran stated that the three finalists have very different styles, but are similar in 
that they all demonstrated the ability to create unique artworks for specific situations. 
Troy Corliss works in a narrative style; for example, he fabricated terrazzo seating 
based on oversized and squashed sports balls, such as footballs, baseballs, etc. Brian 
Goggin's work is quite playful, and he is probably best known for his site-specific 
sculpture, Defenestration, covering a building at Sixth and Folsom Streets in San 
Francisco. Kent Roberts' artwork is elegant and well-crafted, as demonstrated in his 
wood and copper rowboat indoor sculptures and outdoor bridge sculptures. 

Commissioner Hunter added that the panel had been exemplary, and that the pool of 
artists was very strong. Commissioner Hunter publicly thanked Ms. Moran for her work 
on the panel. 

Motion: Motion to approve the Moscone Recreation Project selection panel's 
recommendation of Kent Roberts, Troy Corliss and Brian Goggin as finalists to 
submit preliminary proposals for the Moscone Recreation Center. 

Moved: Zhao/Hunter 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to pay an 
honorarium in the amount of $500 each to Kent Roberts, Troy Corliss and 
Brian Goggin for preliminary proposals for the Moscone Recreation Center. 

Moved: Zhao/ Hunter 

San Francisco International Airport 

Public Art Program Deputy Director Susan Pontious presented the Sister City 
prototype and medallion designs by artist Lewis deSoto. Ms. Pontious stated 
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the international terminal. The less expensive projector did not work at all, 
while the second projector, which is the same kind currently being used in Mr. 
deSoto's artwork at the courthouse, worked flawlessly and was unaffected by 
the level of ambient light. This projector has been approved by Airport Director 
John Martin and the Airport Design Review Committee. 

Ms. Pontious explained that the budget has been raised slightly to 
accommodate the purchase of the more expensive projectors, but that the 
Airport is installing the project, leaving only the design, the projectors, and 
the gel costs to the Arts Commission. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that Ms. Pontious has done a wonderful job 
with a challenging project. Commissioner Hunter added that an agreement 
needs to be made to allow for flexibility in the event of any sort of change to 
the International Terminal or the equipment. 

Motion: Pending Airport approval, authorization for the Director of Cultural 
Affairs to enter into an agreement with Lewis deSoto for an amount not to 
exceed $45,000 to fabricate and deliver sixteen Sister City light gels and 
projectors for installation at San Francisco International Airport. 
Moved: Hunter/Zhao 

Victoria Manalo Draves Park 

Public Art Program Director Susan Pontious presented the temporary 
installation, sponsored by the Black Rock Arts Foundation, of the sculpture 
Stan, the Submersing Man, by Finley Fryer, for a period not to exceed six 
months at Victoria Manalo Draves Park (formerly known as SOMA Park) pending 
approval from the Recreation and Parks Commission. Ms. Pontious began by 
explaining that some months ago, at Ms. Pontious' suggestion, the community 
approached the Black Rock Arts Foundation in regards to an appropriate 
temporary piece for Victoria Manalo Draves Park. This led to the proposal of 
Stan, the Submerging Man. Ms Pontious stated that the piece will be affixed to 
a hard surface, and that appropriate engineering steps will be taken to assure 
its safety. 

Commissioner Przyblyski opened up the meeting to public comment. 

Gill Sperlein spoke as a community member. Mr. Sperlein stated that the 
sculpture is very important to the community, as the park's location at Folsom 
and Sixth Streets makes it vulnerable to drug activity. He suggested that 
sculptures such as this will attract families and community members, and serve 
to change the reputation of the park as a location for drug activity. 

Mary Tienken, Landscape Architect for the Recreation and Parks Department, 
expressed her excitement over the sculpture. Ms. Tienken stated that the 
sculpture has a playful quality that is appropriate for the park, and that it 
effectively puts the park, "on the map." 

Another community member stated that, as a mother of young children, she 
often struggles to find a safe outdoor playground for her children. Additionally, 
she looks forward to establishing her neighborhood as a community, and feels 
that Stan, the Submerging Man will assist in accomplishing both of these goals. 

Christine Kristen, Curator for Burning Man, explained that she selected Stan, 
the Submerging Man based on the specific needs of Victoria Manalo Draves 
Park and the surrounding community. Having worked extensively with artist 
Finley Fryer, she feels its construction of recycled materials, in addition to its 
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Finally, artist Finley Fryer spoke. He stated that the sculpture has been 
installed in many outdoor locations, that it withstands the outdoors well and 
is quite simple and inexpensive to repair in the case of vandalism. He 
concurred with the community that this will work well in its proposed 
location due in part to its appeal to children. Mr. Fryer closed by offering to 
answer any questions about his sculpture. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she feels we learned from the David Best 
Temple that temporary public art should be accessible and should withstand 
vandalism. She stated that she would like to have a meeting with Black Rock 
to discuss beginning Arts Commission involvement at an earlier stage of 
project selection. Director of Cultural Affairs Richard Newirth stated that the 
Arts Commission values the work they do with Black Rock Arts Foundation, 
and that in the future he looks forward to developing a better procedure for 
selecting Black Rock projects proposed for public spaces in San Francisco. 

Motion: Motion to approve the temporary installation sponsored by the Black 
Rock Arts Foundation, of the sculpture Stan, the Submerging Man, by Finley 
Fryer, for a period not to exceed six months at Victoria Manalo Draves Park 
(formerly known as SOMA Park) pending approval from the Recreation and 
Parks Commission. 

Moved: Hunter/Zhao 

6. Argonne Playground 

This item has been removed. 

7. South East Water Pollution Control Plant (SEWPCP) 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil requested guidance as to how to proceed with 
providing artwork for the lobby of the South East Water Pollution Control Plant, 
a facility of the Public Utilities Commission. Ms. Macneil stated that this 
project has been ongoing since December, 2001, when Artist Victor Zaballa was 
commissioned to create such artwork. At that time, the project had a budget 
of $70,000. In 2002, the budget was cut to $57,000. 

Beginning in November, 2002, the project experienced numerous delays, 
exacerbated by the unforeseen illness of both Victor Zaballa and his wife, artist 
Ann Chamberlain. In 2003, the Arts Commission completed the contract design 
payments to Mr. Zaballa, though the work was not yet completed. Since that 
time, the Arts Commission has extended several deadlines for Mr. Zaballa. 

At this time, we are still waiting to receive a final modified proposal and 
budget form from Mr. Zaballa. Ms. Macneil and the Commissioners discussed a 
solution at length, eager to find a way to both preserve a strong working 
relationship with the Public Utilities Commission, and remain respectful of Mr. 
Zaballa 's work and circumstances. 

It was decided that staff shall work with the Public Utilities Commission to 
determine whether the project funds were still available to complete the work, 
either working directly with Mr. Zaballa, or utilizing his unique design with a 
ceramic fabricator. 

8. New Business 

9. Old Business 
10. Adjournment 



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As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:32 p.m. 
6/16/2006 



Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Ellen Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person{s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance {San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness, Suite 3900, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317 and website. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Administrator, 
Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San 
Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by 
email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a 
copy from Mr. Darby or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative 
Code on the Internet, http://www.sfgov.org/sunshine/ 



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July 19 

VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 

3:00 p.m. JUL 1 o 200b 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 

SAN FRANCISCO 
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Agenda _ ^.^ 



1 . Consent 



1. Motion to approve the six final designs by artist Jennifer Durrant for an Art 
on Market Street 2006 Kiosk Poster series, to be installed in 24 kiosks on 
Market Street from November 10, 2006, to February 8, 2007. 

2. Branch Library Improvement Program 

Judy Moran 

Presentation of images from A Library Book, an illuminated sculpture by artist 
Vince Koloski, recently installed in the new Mission Bay Branch Library. 

Motion: Motion to approve the completion and installation of A Library Book, 
an illuminated book sculpture for the new Mission Bay Branch Library. 

Motion: Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection A Library Book, a book 
sculpture by artist Vince Koloski, with a wooden and carved foam cover panel 
and a wooden end panel with metal plates, and eight clear acrylic panels 
illuminated by colored LED strips and etched with twelve quotes about books 
and libraries, permanently installed on the second story walls of the new 
Mission Bay Branch Library on 4th Street at Berry Street. 

3. Art on Market Street Program 

Judy Moran 
Staff Report 

Discussion of staff proposal for changes to the Arts on Market Street Program. 

Motion: Motion to approve broadening the curatorial parameters of the Art on 
Market Street Program to include themes beyond references to Market Street 
and to modify the artist selection process by discontinuing the annual proposal 
competition and having the Arts Commission staff solicit and provide a fee for 
proposals from a small group of artists selected through staff outreach, and 
from artists' submissions of documentation of past work, with input and 
approval from the Arts Commissioners. 

4. Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center 

Tonia Macneil 



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Staff Report 

Presentation of revised material and other design details for artwork at Minnie 
and Lovie Ward Recreation Center. 

Motion: Motion to approve the use of a digital high-pressure laminate and 
design details to be presented at meeting for the artwork by Jon Rubin and Jim 
Goldberg at Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center. 

5. Moscone Recreation Center 

Jill Monton 

Moscone Recreation Project selection panel's recommendation of Kent Roberts, 
Troy Corliss and Brian Goggin as finalists to submit preliminary proposals for 
the Moscone Recreation center. 

Motion: Motion to rescind resolution passed at the June Visual Arts Committee 
Meeting to award an honorarium in the amount of $500 to each of the following 
three finalists for the Moscone Recreation Center: Brian Goggin, Troy Corliss 
and Kent Roberts. 

Motion: Motion to approve the Director of Cultural Affairs to pay an honorarium 
in the amount of $650 to Brian Goggin, Troy Corliss and Kent Roberts for 
preliminary proposals for the Moscone Recreation Center. 

6. Harvey Milk Commemorative Sculpture 

Jill Manton 

Presentation of the establishment of a pool of jurors for the Harvey Milk 
Commemorative Sculpture selection panel. 

Motion: Motion to approve the establishment of a pool of jurors for the Harvey 
Milk Commemorative Sculpture selection panel to include Dugald Stermer 
among others (additional names to be added at meeting). 

7. Broadway Streetscape 

Tonia Macneil/Jill Manton 
Staff Report 

Informational presentation. 

8. Joseph Lee Recreation Center 

J/7/ Manton 

Appointment of Arts Commission liaison to the Joseph Lee Recreation Center 
Public Art project selection panel. 

9. Central Subway 

Jill Manton 

Report on Central Subway Start-up. 

10. 525 Golden Gate 

Jill Manton 

Report on 525 Golden Gate Start-up. 

1 1 . Public Utilities Commission 



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Jill Manton 

Report on Public Utilities Commission Master Plan. 

12. New Business 

Jill Manton 

Presentation of Public Art possibilities for Transbay Streetscape. 
Report on the Public Art program in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

13. Old Business 
Jill Manton 

Update on Moscone West Convention Center. 

14. Adjournment 

7/14/2006 



Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. iNFO: Ellen Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person{s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
celt phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness, Suite 3900, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317 and website . 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Administrator, 
Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San 
Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by 
email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a 
copy from Mr. Darby or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative 
Code on the Internet, http: // www.sfgov.org/sunshihe/ 



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SAN FRANCISCO ARTS COMMISSION 
VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE MEETING 

DATE: Wednesday, July 12, 2006 

STAFF REPORT 

Art on Market Street 
Judy Moran 

(This report is an updated expansion of a staff report attached to the agenda for the May, 
2006 Visual Arts Committee meeting.) 

Jill Manton and I are proposing a revision in the curatorial parameters and artist 
recruitment methods of the Art on Market Street Program. Since the inception of the Art 
on Market Street Program in 1992, the program has focused on projects related to Market 
Street's history, architecture, ecology and culture. In addition, artists' projects were 
selected through a competitive application process, with preliminary proposals reviewed 
by a different panel of artists and arts professionals each year. 

After 14 years of successful Market Street programming, staff now feels it is time to re- 
energize the program, expand its curatorial vision, and initiate a artist selection process 
with staff as the primary curators for the program, supported by Commission input and 
approval of artists and projects. Staff does recommend that the program remain restricted 
to programming on or near Market Street, commissioning greater Bay Area artists, and to 
a series of annual themes to provide an ongoing identity for the program. Budgetary 
restrictions also require a limited geographic boundary for artist selection. 

Due to currently limited staff and financial resources, the program would continue 
annually to sponsor four Kiosk Poster projects (three beginning in 2008 as CAE will be 
taking one of the poster exhibition slots) and two to three Temporary Projects. 

Recommended programmatic changes: 

-The Market Street Program would no longer be limited to Market Street references, but 
would be based on broader themes that are not geographically bound. As the kiosk poster 
series is funded by the Municipal Transportation Agency, in a contract agreement with 
the city and CBS Outdoor, thematic parameters need to encourage transportation 
references. Staff proposes to suggest themes beyond simply "transportation," which is too 
literal and restricted, to allow artists greater possibilities in developing their artwork. 
-Poster projects would often have an additional component, such as an event, related 
printed materials, or a website reference, among other possibilities, or might be 
coordinated with one of the Temporary Projects. 

-The program would continue to encourage some artists to collaborate with other art and 
nonart organizations. 

-The program would print a modest annual Market Street Journal, based on the year's 
theme, which would include documentation of the various projects in addition to other 
images and materials. A guest artist could be commissioned to work with staff on the 
journal. 



-The program would expand its outreach to other disciplines, such as poets and writers, 
and photographers. 

Recommended artist selection changes: 

-The annual competition would be discontinued and there would no longer be a call for 
proposals. Instead, staff would contact artists whose work is deemed appropriate for the 
Program and the annual theme. Staff would work with these artists to decide which artists 
might develop an appropriate proposal, and pay them a small stipend to do so. 
-Although there would no longer be an annual open call for proposals, any interested 
artists could submit documentation of past work for consideration by staff. Artists whom 
staff found appropriate for the program would be paid to prepare a specific proposal, to 
be considered among those proposals from artists solicited by staff. 
-Annual projects would not necessarily all be finalized at the beginning of the year, but 
selection would be ongoing. Some projects might be finalized for both 2007 and 2008 
over the next year. 

-Collaborations among individuals, and between artists and both art and non-art 
organizations, would be encouraged. 

Preliminary ideas for the 2006 and 2007 Art on Market Street Program seasons: 

1 . As the MTA supports the poster program, they have expressed a preference for 
posters that reference transportation. For 2007, staff suggests broadening this 
theme to travels or journeys. 

For the first poster series in 2007, staff would like to invite Owen Smith to 
prepare a proposal design based on the travel/journey theme. Staff would also like 
to create a limited edition of smaller posters for distribution. 

2. For 2007, the suggested theme is urban systems, which could also encompass 
transportation issues without being limited to them specifically. This theme is 
inspired in part by a poster proposal from the artist team of Amanda Hughen and 
Jennifer Starkweather, who have already explored various linear systems in the 
Market Street area, including transportation, water, energy, trash, labor and 
commuters. This artist team has proposed this project over the past few years, so 
they could be encouraged to more fully develop the project for 2008, with related 
events and materials, such as a pamphlet. Collaborations with other city agencies 
would be appropriate. 

If the Visual Arts Committee is supportive of this new approach for the Art on Market 
Street Program, staff will continue to develop projects and present them to the VAC for 
review and approval. 



MEMORANDUM 



TO: Honorable Members of the Visual Arts Committee 

FROM: Tonia Macneil 

Project Manager, Public Art Program 

252-2551 

DATE: JulylO, 2006 

RE: STAFF REPORTS 

Broadway Streetscape Improvements 

Location: Plaza to be created at northwest corner of Broadway and Columbus Avenue. 

Art Project Budget: $35,000 

Artist: Brian Goggin 

In November, 2005, the Visual Arts Committee reviewed a conceptual design sketch of 
artwork by Brian Goggin for the Broadway Streetscape Improvements being undertaken 
by the Department of Public Works. The Committee was not asked to vote on the design. 
In December, the streetscape design was submitted to the Civic Design Committee, 
which gave conditional approval to the plaza design calling for re-examination of how 
the sculpture meets the plaza. At this meeting several community groups requested input 
into the landscape design in light of ongoing urban design planning undertaken by a 
group known as Renew SF. The Department of Public Works agreed to the community's 
request, which led to several community meetings and small group meetings with the 
artist and designers. The project was also under review with other City departments, and 
after several months' delay is now back on track. 

Although the members of this committee responded positively to the artist's original 
design, the artist has decided to propose an alternative. There are several reasons for this, 
including feedback received at community meetings, the cost of materials, concerns 
about the visibility of detail at the necessary height of the sculpture, and problems of 
coordinating the artist's design with the landscape architect's concepts. Brian Goggin 
now proposes a suspended artwork, which will presented at the July meeting. 

The presentation will be for review only. At the time of this writing, neither the client 
nor staff have seen the new proposal. Additionally, members of the public who 
participated in the meetings of the last few months will be invited to a presentation of the 
proposal. Their input will be brought to the Committee at the time that the artwork is 
submitted for a vote. 

It should be noted that the artwork budget is limited to $35,000. At the largest of the 
community meeting, held in May, 2006, an individual offered the possibility of the 
community raising additional funds for the sculpture. Others later noted that this was a 



single voice and did not represent the larger group. While staff would certainly welcome 
any additional funds, there are logistical issues to consider. First, outside funds must be 
raised in a very short time - approximately seven to nine months - if the artist is to obtain 
any help from DPW in the cost and work of installation. Should the artist fail to meet 
this window, it would become staff's responsibility to contract for and manage the 
installation. Second, in spite of protestations to the contrary, staff always becomes 
heavily involved in any fundraising efforts. In either case, as the funds allocated for 
project administration have already been expended, fundraising would tax an already 
over-burdened program budget. 



Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center 

Location: 650 Capital Avenue at Montana Street, OMI District. 

Art Project Budget: $135,000 

Artists: Jon Rubin and Jim Goldberg 

The Visual Arts Committee approved Jon Rubin and Jim Goldberg's revised conceptual 
proposal in May of 2006. Since that time, the artist's proposal has been presented to the 
client, the Recreation and Parks Department, and to the community at two separate 
meetings. The new proposal has been very positively received by the community. In 
fact, the artists have already developed a process to identify community members to be 
included on the wall and have identified two individuals to work as subcontractors- to 
collect community names and collect images of trophies. In addition, staff has asked the 
artists to put together a committee of community leaders to review the list of names to be 
sure that it is inclusive of the groups and individuals who have a material interest in the 
Recreation Center. 

In the meantime, the artists have again encountered budgetary issues, which they have 
finally resolved by proposing the use of an alternative material to contain the 
photographic image. The material is a Digital High-pressure Laminate called FOSSIL. 
The material has some advantages over glass, in that the color saturation is better, the 
weight is minimal so that it is easy to install, and it is inexpensive. On the other hand, it 
is easy to scratch. To mitigate its lack of durability, several proposals have been made, 
including fabrication of extra panels to use as replacements, and the installation of a 
sacrificial sheet of plexiglass over the lower portion of the artwork. These ideas are still 
being researched. 

Recommendation 

Approval of the use of Fossil Digital HighPressure Laminate for the artwork by Jon 
Rubin and Jim Goldberg at Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center, pending 
resolution of durability issues. 



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VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 

Wednesday, July 19, 2006 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



Minutes 



Commissioners Present: 

Leonard Hunter, Jeannene Przyblyski, Lawrence Rinder 

Absent: 

Dede Wilsey, Pop Zhao 

Staff Present: 

Nancy Gonchar, Tonia Macneil, Jill Manton, Judy Moran, Richard Newirth, Susan 
Pontious, Ellen Shershow 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 

The meeting commenced at 3:10 p.m. 

1 . Consent 



1 . Motion to approve the six final designs by artist Jennifer Durrant 
for an Art on Market Street 2006 Kiosk Poster series, to be installed in 
24 kiosks on Market Street from November 10, 2006, to February 8, 
2007. 

This has been continued to the next meeting. 

1. Branch Library Improvement Program 

Project Manager Judy Moran presented images from A Library Book, an 
illuminated sculpture by artist Vince Koloski, recently installed in the new 
Mission Bay Branch Library. 

Ms. Moran stated that the first of the Branch Library Improvement Program 
branches eligible for public art has been completed, with the Koloski artwork 
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and the acceptance of the artwork into the Civic Art Collection. 

The book sculpture is comprised of acrylic panels that include twelve quotes 
from a variety of people, including Jewelle Gomez, Spike Lee and Groucho 
Marx. Three of the quotes are in other languages: Japanese, Spanish and 
Arabic. In addition to the quotes, the book includes illustrations of early forms 
of writing, up to the first printing press materials. The book sculpture also has 
a front cover that is carved to resemble rock, with hieroglyphs, as well as a 
back cover with icons that reference the history of Mission Bay. The acrylic 
panels are each lined with colored LED strips that illuminate the carved letters, 
making them visible during the day and making them glow even more brightly 
after dark. 

The Arts Commission is providing an ADA notebook for library patrons at the 
front desk, with translations of the sculpture's text in Braille, Spanish, Chinese 
and Russian 

Motion: Motion to approve the completion and installation of A Library Book, 
an illuminated book sculpture for the new Mission Bay Branch Library. 

Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

Motion: Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection A Library Book, a book 
sculpture by artist Vince Koloski, with a wooden and carved foam cover panel 
and a wooden end panel with metal plates, and eight clear acrylic panels 
illuminated by colored LED strips and etched with twelve quotes about books 
and libraries, permanently installed on the second story walls of the new 
Mission Bay Branch Library on 4th Street at Berry Street. 

Moved: Rinder/ Hunter 

Art on Market Street Program 

Project Manager Judy Moran presented a staff proposal for changes to the Art 
on Market Street Program. Ms. Moran reminded the Commissioners that this 
proposal was briefly discussed at a past Visual Arts Committee meeting. The 
proposal suggests that we broaden the curatorial scope and modify the artist 
selection process of the Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series. Ms. Moran 
proposed expanding the focus of the projects beyond the Market Street theme, 
while continuing to work with Bay Area artists, in addition to revising the artist 
and project selection process. 

The funding for the poster series program is provided by the Municipal Transit 
Agency (MTA) through a contract between the MTA and CBS Outdoor. The MTA 
has expressed their interest in having artists include references to 
transportation in their poster designs. Public Art staff would like to find a way 
to work with this theme without being limited by it; for example, working with 
the theme of 'Travel' this year and perhaps 'Urban Systems' next year. 
Additionally, Public Art staff would like to expand the program to include 
printed materials, projects that include both a poster series and a temporary 
project, and collaborations with other arts and non-arts organizations. Ms. 
Moran also wants to include poets, writers, photographers, and performers. 

Further, the annual competition would be discontinued, in favor of staff 
serving as the primary curators for the program with Visual Arts Committee 
input and approval. Staff would work with a limited number of artists to 
develop proposals, for which they would be paid an honorarium. These 
proposals would then be presented to the Commissioners for approval. As a way 
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placed on the Public Art Program website soliciting artists' materials for review 
on an ongoing basis. 

The Commissioners supported the proposal, expressed support of the two 
suggested themes, and recommended that the revised program be evaluated 
after the first year, perhaps involving guest curators in the future. The 
Commissioners appreciated the ongoing solicitation of new work for staff 
consideration, as the Market Street Program is a great entry point for young 
artists interested in public art. 

Lastly, Ms. Moran stated that the program would include an annual Market 
Street journal, created at the end of each programming year, which would 
include work from that year, possibly some appropriate images from previous 
projects, and additional materials, to be edited and designed by an artist. 
Commissioner Hunter suggested putting together a retrospective exhibition of 
the past ten years of the Art on Market Street Program. 

Motion: Motion to approve broadening the curatorial parameters of the Art on 
Market Street Program to include themes beyond Market Street; and to modify 
the artist selection process by discontinuing the annual proposal competition 
and having the Arts Commission staff solicit and provide a fee for proposals 
from a small group of artists selected through staff outreach, and from 
artists' submissions of documentation of past work, with input and approval 
from the Arts Commissioners. 

Moved: Ponder/ Hunter 

4. Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil presented the revised material and other design 
details for artwork at the Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center. Ms. 
Macneil stated that the Visual Arts Committee had approved Jon Rubin's and 
Jim Goldberg's revised conceptual proposal in May 2006, with an installation 
date of February 2007. Since that time, the community and the Recreation and 
Parks Department have responded very positively to the proposal. Jon Rubin 
and Jim Goldberg have further identified a subcontractor to collect community 
names and images of trophies. 

However, the artists have encountered budgetary issues. The price of 
executing the work with a glass laminate system exceeds the project budget. 
They have therefore proposed to use a digital high-pressure laminate material 
made by Fossil Industries. This material is inexpensive and lightweight, making 
it easy to install. It can, however, be scratched with some effort, leading the 
artists to propose adding sacrificial panels of Plexiglas to cover the first eight 
feet in height. 

The Commissioners stated that they preferred the visual effect of working with 
glass, and wondered about reducing the overall scale of the artwork and/or 
decreasing the number of images to save funds. Ms. Macneil stated that the 
artists feel it is important both to produce the same number of images and to 
have the artwork continue all the way up to the ceiling. 

The Commissioners were not able to make a firm decision without seeing a 
larger sample of the Fossil material with the images of the artwork. It was 
agreed that Ms. Macneil would bring a sample to the next Visual Arts 
Committee meeting. 

Motion: Motion to approve the use of a digital high-pressure laminate and final 
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Goldberg at Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center. 
The motion has been continued to a later meeting 

5. Moscone Recreation Center 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton presented the Moscone Recreation 
Project selection panel's recommendation of Kent Roberts, Troy Corliss and 
Brian Goggin as finalists to submit preliminary proposals for the Moscone 
Recreation Center. 

Ms. Manton stated that, considering the amount of time and work we ask 
project finalists to provide, the $500 honorarium we currently pay is very little. 
Ms. Manton stated that she would like to have a longer discussion with the 
Commissioners regarding this topic in the future, as the amount of time and 
work is often intertwined with the scope of a project and the budget, causing 
the Commission to pay artists at a variety of levels. In the meantime, she 
requested approval to increase the honorarium for this project to $650. The 
Commissioners were in full support of this temporary change as well as a future 
discussion. 

Motion: Motion to rescind resolution passed at the June Visual Arts Committee 
meeting to award an honorarium in the amount of $500 to each of the 
following three finalists for the Moscone Recreation Center: Brian Goggin, Troy 
Corliss and Kent Roberts. 

Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

Motion: Motion to approve the Director of Cultural Affairs to pay an honorarium 
in the amount of $650 to Brian Goggin, Troy Corliss and Kent Roberts for 
preliminary proposals for the Moscone Recreation Center. 

Moved: Rinder/ Hunter 

6. Harvey Milk Commemorative Sculpture 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton presented the establishment of a pool 
of jurors for the Harvey Milk Commemorative Sculpture selection panel. Ms. 
Manton stated that she and Public Art Program Deputy Director Susan Pontious 
are working in collaboration on the Harvey Milk Commemorative Sculpture 
project. 

The jury pool will include Daniel Nicoletta and Gary Nathan from the Harvey 
Milk Memorial Committee, one Commissioner and possibly former Arts 
Commissioner Dugald Stermer, among others. Ms. Manton requested additional 
suggestions from the Commissioners. Commissioner Przyblyski suggested Robert 
Flynn Johnson, Chief Curator at the Legion of Honor. Commissioner Rinder 
recommended Rob Epstein, who directed the award-winning documentary, The 
Times of Harvey Milk. Commissioner Przyblyski offered to serve on the jury as 
well. 

Ms. Manton then asked the Commissioners for artists who might be invited to 
apply. The Commissioners suggested John DeFazio and Cedric Wentworth. 

Director of Cultural Affairs Richard Newirth stated that this is meant to be a 
traditional bronze bust, like the other busts of past Mayors in City Hall. He also 
reminded the Commissioners that these busts are often moved to various 
locations in City Hall, so the panel should not make a decision based on the 
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Motion: Motion to approve the establishment of a pool of jurors for the Harvey 
Milk Commemorative Sculpture selection panel to include Dugald Stermer, 
Robert Flynn Johnson, Anne Kronenburg, Rob Epstein and Jeannene Przyblyski . 

Moved: Rinder/ Hunter 

7. Broadway Streetscape 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil gave an informational presentation on the 
Broadway Streetscape Public Art Project. 

Since first presenting a proposal by the artist Brian Goggin to the Committee in 
December of 2005, Tonia Macneil and the Department of Public Works 
organized a public meeting to introduce the artist to the community and to 
hear comments regarding the project. At that point, the community requested 
that the art piece not block the sightlines or interfere with pedestrian 
movement, but that it be visible at night and represent the community of 
North Beach. This led Mr. Goggin to reconsider his earlier design. He met 
separately with several community members and, based on their feedback, 
developed a proposal to create a suspended sculpture of between 15 and 35 
translucent book shapes fabricated from polycarbonate, arranged to look like a 
flock of birds taking flight. In explaining his inspiration, the artist made 
reference to the flocks of birds often found on Italian piazzas. Budget 
permitting, Mr. Goggin would like to include light and sound in this installation. 
He also proposed installing text in the sidewalk in such a way that it would 
appear to have fallen from the books. He further proposed the use of light 
concrete on the plaza with cast iron text that would eventually rust and bleed 
into the concrete. The total artwork budget is $35,000. The streetscape 
project is funded by an MTC grant that was recently extended for an extra six 
months. Construction is expected to begin in March of 2007 and to last seven to 
nine months. 

The Community members who have seen the proposal are in full support of this 
project. Ms. Macneil and the artist will be meeting with members of the 
Chinese community following the Visual Arts Committee meeting to obtain 
their comments as well. Project Manager Judi Mosqueda from the Department 
of Public Works expressed concern that the artist might expect some of the 
project costs to be absorbed into the construction project cost. She explained 
that the budget for the entire streetscape project is modest and that more 
funds are not likely to be available. 

Public Art Deputy Director Susan Pontious cautioned that we need to look 
seriously at the cost of maintenance of a project like this, as we do not have 
the staff or the budget to manage such things, particularly when it comes to 
working with media, such as light and sound. 

Joseph Butler, a member of the Telegraph Hill community, said that the sound 
aspect of this installation would be a positive addition to the ambient sounds of 
the intersection, particularly if the stoplights were adjusted to allow for a 
"Pedestrian Scramble," thus providing a moment of relative quiet. A second 
Telegraph Hill dweller, Cathleen Dooley, expressed her support for Brian 
Goggin's proposal. 

The Commissioners supported the project conceptually, but wanted to be sure 
that the technology and budgetary issues could be resolved. 

8. Joseph Lee Recreation Center 

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project selection panel. Ms. Manton stated that there is some flexibility 
regarding sites for the artwork at this recreational center, and that she would 
like to identify a Bay Area artist who can work well with the community. It was 
decided that Pop Zhao would represent the Visual Arts Committee on the 
selection panel. 

9. Central Subway 

Jill Manton reported on the Central Subway start-up. The new system extends 
from 4th and King to SFMOMA, Moscone, Union Square and Chinatown to 
provide a direct connection from the northeast corridor of the city to the 
county line in Visitacion Valley . As the first station to be designed is the 
Chinatown station, Ms. Manton explained that we will select candidates from 
the pre-qualified artists pool, and additionally solicit artists from the Chinese 
community. Public Art staff will identify a range of locations for artwork, 
including elevators and the station entrance. Although we do not know the 
final budget for this project, it will likely be significant. Commissioner 
Przyblyski stated that this has community-building opportunities, and Ms. 
Manton commented that this is a wonderful moment to balance local and 
national concerns. 

10. 525 Golden Gate 

Jill Manton reported on start-up of the 525 Golden Gate Avenue project. Ms. 
Manton stated that this project was initiated in 2001 , and involved the 
demolition of the State office building at Golden Gate and Polk Streets that 
was damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake. At that time, the new building 
was mandated to achieve a high LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental 
Design) status, and was to house the Department of the Environment and other 
City offices. 

Prior to the project's cancellation due to lack of funding, the Arts Commission 
had already chosen three artist finalists, who were Ned Kahn, Anna Valentina 
Murch, and Paul Kos.. Mr. Kahn proposed to install sculptural wind turbines to 
move air through the building. Anna Valentina Murch's proposal was to work 
with colored glass, stone and sand in the building facade to represent the 
geologic strata of San Francisco. Paul Kos initially proposed a giant aviary 
containing canaries, and a large coal sculpture recalling the metaphor of the 
canary in the coal mine as a reflection of the building's commitment to a high 
environmental standard. The artist's last proposal was to install green colored 
slate on the lobby floor, which would gently undulate, not unlike a large body 
of water. 

Ms. Manton stated that a new budget will be established for this project. She 
will present these three proposals to the new client, the Public Utilities 
Commission and the Visual Arts Committee to determine whether any of these 
projects are still viable All of the artists were paid for their work to date and 
the contracts closed, and we are not legally bound to any of the proposals. 

1 1 . Public Utilities Commission 

Jill Manton reported on the Public Utilities Commission Arts Master Plan. After 
spending two to three years working on a mutually agreeable MOU, the Arts 
Commission was poised to develop an arts master plan for the Public Utilities 
Commission properties and facilities throughout northern California. However, 
after 9-11 the Public Utilities Commission revisited its policies regarding 
security and protection of the watershed sites. Based on the Public Utilities 
Commission capital improvement program, there will be an estimated $5-7 
million in art funding. This figure applies only to eligible construction. Much of 
the construction involves underground pipelines, which are exempt from the 
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The Mayor's office has expressed its preference for much of the funding to be 
spent to benefit the City of San Francisco . The Public Utilities Commission's 
authority supersedes the 2%-for-art ordinance, which means that the Public 
Utilities Commission can determine how to spend the art funds and what kinds 
of projects to support. It appears that the Public Utilities Commission is 
interested in supporting a range of projects to include temporary art projects 
in various communities, or significant permanent sculpture projects. The Public 
Utilities Commission has asked Ms. Manton to identify San Francisco sites for 
consideration. 

12. New Business 

Jill Manton presented images of an international sculpture installation in 
Vancouver, British Columbia . The Commissioners inquired about the cost and 
support for an endeavor of this scale. 

13. Old Business 

Ms. Manton provided an update on the Moscone West Convention Center . She 
stated that there is currently a dialog between Pol-X and the forensic engineer 
about how to proceed with the retrofit of the motion system. Ms. Manton is 
researching whether any private percent-for-art funds may be redirected to the 
art project at the Moscone West Convention Center. 

Public Art Program Deputy Director Susan Pontious spoke briefly regarding the 
Civic Art Collection. Ms. Pontious stated that we have a wonderful jewelry 
collection, and she would like to discuss with the Committee what to do with 
it, as well as developing guidelines regarding the de-accessioning of artwork. 

14. Adjournment 

As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:24 p.m. 



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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: EUen Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

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consideration of the item. 

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VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 

3:00 p.m. 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



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1 . Consent 

1. Motion to approve the six final designs, titled Personal Landmarks, by artist 
Jennifer Durrant, to be installed in 24 kiosks on Market Street from 

November 

10, 2006, to February 8, 2007, as part of the Art on Market Street 2006 
Kiosk 

Poster Series. 

2. Motion to increase the contract amount from $85,000 to an amount not to 
exceed $95,000 for artist Troy Corliss to complete design development, 
fabricate, and install a work of art at the Upper Noe Recreation Center. 

3. Motion to approve the establishment of a pool of jurors for the Joseph Lee 
Recreation Center selection panel to include: Mildred Howard, Brook 
Mebrahtu, D. Minor, Lena Miller, Kevin Epps and Donald Harper. 

2. Harvey Milk Recreation Center 

Tonia Macneil 
Staff Report 

Presentation of final design and budget for artwork by Susan Schwartzenberg 
and Michael Davis for the Harvey Milk Recreation Center. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final design and budget for artwork by Susan 
Schwartzenberg and Michael Davis for Harvey Milk Recreation Center. 

3. Broadway Streetscape Improvements 

Tonia Macneil, Jill Manton 

Presentation of a Conceptual Proposal for artwork by Brian Goggin for the 
intersection of Broadway and Columbus Streets. Report on comments from 
community members and next steps in design process. 

Motion: Motion to approve the conceptual design of the artwork entitled The 
Language of Birds by Brian Goggin for the intersection of Broadway and 
Columbus Streets. 

4. Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center 

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Review of materials for artwork at the Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation 
Center by Jon Rubin and Jim Goldberg 

Motion: Motion to approve the use of a digital high-pressure laminate and 
design details for the artwork by Jon Rubin and Jim Goldberg at Minnie and 
Lovie Ward Recreation Center. 

5. PUC Site Assessment 

Jill Manton 

Recommendation to award Susan Schwarztenberg an honorarium not to exceed 
$10,000 to develop a Site Profile with photographs along with a narrative of 
potential artist opportunities for PUC sites to include Lake Merced, McLaren 
Park, Embarcadero among others. 

Motion: Motion to approve an award to Susan Schwarztenberg for an 
honorarium not to exceed $10,000 to develop a Site profile and description of 
potential artist opportunities for PUC sites to include Lake Merced, McLaren 
Park , Embarcadero among others. 

6. Harvey Milk Commemorative Bust 

Jill Manton 

Report on the Harvey Milk Artist Selection Panel's recommendation of the three 
finalists to be named at meeting and to award each artist an honorarium of 
$2,500 to develop a specific proposal for the Harvey Milk Commemorative 
Sculpture. 

Motion: Motion to accept the Harvey Milk Artist Selection Panel's 
recommendation of the three finalists to be named at meeting 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to award each 
artist an honorarium of $2,500 to develop a specific proposal for the Harvey 
Milk Commemorative Sculpture. 

7. Koret Children's Playground 

Jill Manton 

Report on modification to the contract with Vicki Saulls for the Koret Children's 
Playground by authorizing Phase III of the Agreement to Design, Fabricate, 
Transport and Install an Artwork at the Koret Children's Quarters for a total 
increase of $1 5,993 bringing the contract total to the amount of $53,500. 

Motion: Motion to Modify the contract with Vicki Saulls for the Koret Children's 
Playground by authorizing Phase III of the Agreement to Design, Fabricate, 
Transport and Install an Artwork at the Koret Children's Quarters for a total 
increase of $15,993 bringing the contract total to the amount of $53,500. 

8. New Business 

Jill Manton 

Report on possible changes to legislation regarding private Percent for Art 
Funds. 

9. Old Business 

Jill Manton 



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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Ellen Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness, Suite 3900, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317 and website. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist, 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Administrator, 
Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San 
Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by 
email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

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MEMORANDUM 



TO: Honorable Members of the Visual Arts Committee 

FROM: Tonia Macneil 

Project Manager, Public Art Program 
252-2551 

DATE: JulylO, 2006 

RE: STAFF REPORTS 

CONSENT CALENDAR 

Upper Noe Recreation Center 

Location: 30 l Street at Sanchez 

Art Project Budget: Currently approved: $85,000. 

Artist: Troy Corliss 

The budget for this project was originally approved by the Commission very early in the 
design process, in July, 2005. Since that time, the construction budget for the center has 
increased considerably, as has the cost of materials. The new art project budget is now 
$95,000. 

Recommendation : Motion to increase the contract amount from $85,000 to an amount 
not to exceed $95,000 for artist Troy Corliss to complete design, fabricate, transport and 
install a work of art at the Upper Noe Recreation Center. 



REGULAR CALENDAR 

Harvey Milk Recreation Center 

Location: 50 Otis Street, at Dubose 

Art Project Budget: $62,000 

Artists: Susan Schwartzenberg and Michael Davis 

This Committee reviewed and approved the artists' preliminary proposal in April, 2006. 
In the interim, the artists have been working with the design team and meeting with 
Harvey Milk Recreation Center staff and community members. Based on comments 
from this committee, the design team, and the community, they have refined the original 
proposal so that the artwork is concentrated at three separate points in the building. The 
artwork will thus be accessible to users of both major areas of the building as well as 
Duboce Park. 

The artwork will celebrate the life and vision of Harvey Milk and highlight the programs 
of the Center, which is a unique resource for drama, music, dance and photography 
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Both Susan Schwartzenberg and Michael Davis are skilled at telling complex, multi- 
layered stories through the dramatic use of artifacts and photography. Although this 
report will focus on locations and media, the artists' primary aesthetic contribution will 
be in the collection and display of information. 

Artwork sites: 

New elevator lobby 

A 20-ft. x 8-ft. x 1-ft. display case of artifacts and memorabilia from the Center will be 
located in a small lobby near the new elevator. The artifacts will be drawn from the 
Center's collection of puppets, costumes, musical instruments and scores, etc. The 
cabinet will be located on a wall that currently features three two-sided display cases that 
open to the outside of the building. Thus, some of the displays will be visible from two 
directions. Unlike the original proposed location in the main lobby, the elevator lobby is 
much more protected from light, heat, and possible vandalism. It is also closely 
associated with the performance facilities at the center. 

Main lobby 

This artwork will be located on the East-facing glass window wall, overlooking the park. 
This work consists of an image- integrated window wall measuring 4 ft. x 10 ft., along 
with a camera obscura/ladder structure. This area will be devoted to memorializing 
Harvey Milk and his times. The window wall will include blown up images of 
Supervisor Milk at various stages of his life. The ladder structure will incorporate 
smaller images showing events from his life, including some of his writings, and a 
camera obscura aimed at the park. 

Photography Lobby 

Opening onto Dubose Park, on the lower level of the facility, a new lobby will lead to 
restrooms and the photography studios. The glass doors and/or side lights of the lobby 
will contain the third art element, a collage of images from some of the hundreds of 
residents who have made use of the facility over the years. The artists will work with the 
Photography Program director to identify and contact previous and current users, and to 
select images. 

Finally, at the request of the community, Susan Schwartzenberg and Michael Davis have 
volunteered to select a quotation from Harvey Milk and design a large graphic to be 
painted on the blank east-facing wall of the performance space. If it is implemented, this 
element will be financed by the Recreation and Park Department, which has not yet 
approved the concept. It will not be considered art enrichment. 

Recommendation : Approval of the final design and budget for artwork by Susan 
Schwartzenberg and Michael Davis for Harvey Milk Recreation Center. 



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Broadway Streetscape Improvements (This item may be withdrawn if the design is 

not ready in time.) 

Location: Plaza to be created at northwest corner of Broadway and Columbus Avenue. 

Art Project Budget: $35,000 

Artist: Brian Goggin 

In November, 2005, the Visual Arts Committee reviewed a conceptual design sketch of 
artwork by Brian Goggin for the Broadway Streetscape Improvements being undertaken 
by the Department of Public Works. Although the members of this committee responded 
positively to the artist's original design, the artist has decided to propose an alternative. 
There are several reasons for this, including feedback received at community meetings, 
the cost of materials, concerns about the visibility of detail at the necessary height of the 
sculpture, and problems of coordinating the artist's design with the landscape architect's 
concepts. Brian Goggin now proposes a suspended artwork. The proposal was reviewed 
at the July VAC meeting, and received positive comments. In the interim, the new 
proposal has been reviewed by the client and two groups from the community including 
staff from Chinatown Community Development Corporation and representatives from 
Renew SF, Telegraph Hill Dwellers, and a number of other local neighborhood groups. 
Notes from those meetings are attached. 

Brian Goggin has been working with volunteers from the North Beach community to 
address some of the design issues presented by his proposal. He hopes to create a 
complete aesthetic statement within the limits of the $35,000 budget with the possibility 
of expanding the artwork should additional funds be identified. 

Recommendation : Approval of the conceptual design by Brian Goggin of The Language 
of Birds, a suspended artwork to be located at the intersection of Broadway and 
Columbus Streets in San Francisco. 



Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center 

Location: 650 Capital Avenue at Montana Street, OMI District. 

Art Project Budget: $135,000 

Artists: Jon Rubin and Jim Goldberg 

The Visual Arts Committee approved Jon Rubin and Jim Goldberg's revised conceptual 
proposal in May of 2006. Since that time, the artist's proposal has been presented to the 
client, the Recreation and Parks Department, and to the community at two separate 
meetings. The new proposal has been very positively received by the community. In 
fact, the artists have already developed a process to identify community members to be 
included on the wall and have identified two individuals to work as subcontractors to 
collect community names and collect images of trophies. In addition, staff has asked the 
artists to put together a committee of community leaders to review the list of names to be 



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sure that it is inclusive of the groups and individuals who have a material interest in the 
Recreation Center. 

In the meantime, the artists have again encountered budgetary issues, which they have 
finally resolved by proposing the use of an alternative material to contain the 
photographic image. The material is a Digital High-pressure Laminate called FOSSIL. 
The material has some advantages over glass, in that the color saturation is better, the 
weight is minimal so that it is easy to install, and it is inexpensive. On the other hand, it 
is easy to scratch. To mitigate its lack of durability, several proposals have been made, 
including fabrication of extra panels to use as replacements, and the installation of a 
sacrificial sheet of plexiglass over the lower portion of the artwork. These proposals will 
be presented for review and approval at the meeting. 

Recommendation: 

Approval of the use of Fossil Digital High Pressure Laminate for the artwork by Jon 
Rubin and Jim Goldberg at Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center, with the possible 
addition of a sacrificial material to cover the lower portion of the artwork. 



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VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 

3:00 p.m. 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



Notes 



Commissioners Present: 

Jeannene Przyblyski, Dede Wilsey 

Absent: 

Leonard Hunter, Lawrence Rinder, Pop Zhao 

Staff Present: 

Carol Marie Daniels, Tonia Macneil, Jill Manton, Ellen Shershow 



Note: As there was no quorum, no votes were recorded. All motions will be continued 
at the next Full Commission meeting. 

The meeting commenced at 3:16 p.m. 

1. Consent 

1. Motion to approve the six final designs, titled Personal Landmarks, by artist 
Jennifer Durrant, to be installed in 24 kiosks on Market Street from 

November 

10, 2006, to February 8, 2007, as part of the Art on Market Street 2006 
Kiosk 

Poster Series. 

2. Motion to increase the contract amount from $85,000 to an amount not to 
exceed $95,000 for artist Troy Corliss to complete design development, 
fabricate, and install a work of art at the Upper Noe Recreation Center. 

3. Motion to approve the establishment of a pool of jurors for the Joseph Lee 
Recreation Center selection panel to include: Mildred Howard, Brook 
Mebrahtu, D. Minor, Lena Miller, Kevin Epps and Donald Harper. 

2. Harvey Milk Recreation Center 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil stated that the final design documents are due in two 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
SEP - 8 2006 

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weeks, the end of August 2006. The Harvey Milk Recreational Center, located at the 
intersection of Scott and Duboce Streets, is a large and unique building that serves as 
a performing and visual arts mecca for the city; it houses a large performance space 
as well as a Photography Center. 

Artists Susan Schwartzenberg and Michael Davis seek to highlight the life and work of 
Harvey Milk and the importance of the center to the neighborhood as well as to the 
city of San Francisco, as inspired by an idea that Harvey Milk articulated, that the 
dream of collective city life begins in the neighborhood. 

The artists' initial proposal was presented and approved by the Committee in May 
2006. Staff is now requesting approval of their revised design, which has evolved due 
to comments from the Commissioners and community members. 

Ms. Macneil began by describing the first portion of the project. A Camera Obscura 
will be installed on a ladder- like structure at the east-facing window wall in the lobby 
off of Scott Street . Second, in the same lobby area will be a laminated glass panel of 
photographs of Harvey Milk, some of the images will be translucent and some will be 
solid. The third portion of the project proposes a three foot diameter oculus, or 
skylight, in the center of the lobby. This oculus will allow natural light to flood into 
the space, not unlike a spotlight. The light will move in a path around the lobby as 
the seasons change, referencing Harvey Milk's theatrical background. Originally 
conceived by the artists, this oculus is designed by the project architects and will be 
funded through the building construction budget. 

Additionally, the artists will design and construct a curiosity cabinet, containing, 
among other things, exquisite hand-made puppets stored at the Center. Because of 
the unique installation of these cabinets, the objects will be visible from the interior 
and exterior of the Recreation Center . Lastly, the entrance to the Photography 
Center on the lower level facing Dubose Park will highlight a montage of photographs 
from former photography students of the center, some of whom are now successful 
artists. 

Finally, at the request of several community members, the artists have proposed the 
installation of large graphic text on the exterior east-facing wall of the facility. The 
text would be a few words made of simple cutout letters glued to the wall and 
painted the same color as the wall. The text would refer to Harvey Milk's quotation 
about neighborhoods. Funding for this element would come from the Building project 
budget, not from the Art budget, therefore approval of this element would be the 
purview of the Civic Design Committee. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final design and budget for artwork by Susan 
Schwartzenberg and Michael Davis for Harvey Milk Recreation Center. 



3. Broadway Streetscape Improvements 

This has been continued to a future Visual Arts Committee Meeting 

4. Minnie and Love Ward Recreation Center 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil reminded the Commissioners that artists Jon Rubin and 
Jim Goldberg's revised conceptual design for the Minnie and Love Ward Recreational 
Center was presented and approved at the May, 2006 Visual Arts Committee meeting. 
Since that time, the proposal has been positively received by the Recreation and 
Parks department, the client and the community. Currently, the artists have found 
that the proposed glass wall is too costly, and have come up with an alternate 
solution. 

The artists propose using a Digital High Pressure laminate called FOSSIL. This material 
is superior to the glass that was originally proposed, in that it has better color 



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saturation, is lightweight and easy to install, in addition to being inexpensive. 
However, unlike glass this material is easy to scratch. The artists have provided two 
samples of the laminate for the Commissioners. These samples exhibit both an 
interior and an exterior surface. Commissioner Przyblyski and Commissioner Wilsey 
agreed to leave choice of the surface to the discretion of the artists. 

Motion: Motion to approve the use of a digital high-pressure laminate for the artwork 
by Jon Rubin and Jim Goldberg at Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center. 



5. PUC Site Assessment 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton stated that the Public Utilities Commission is 
eager to proceed with the development of a public art program that will include 
multiple temporary art projects along with several significant permanent public 
artworks. Ms. Manton explained that we would look for artists to engage in projects 
about the natural elements, San Francisco Bay Area ecology and the environment. Ms. 
Manton stated that we have, over the past two years, discussed the possibility of 
creating an arts master plan for Public Utility Commission art projects. Now with 
security and access concerns and a more limited public art budget than anticipated, 
we have decided to forego hiring an outside consultant team to coordinate such. She 
reported that the Mayor's office would prefer that the majority of the funding be 
extended to directly benefit the city of San Francisco and its citizens. Ms. Manton 
proposed hiring artist Susan Schwartzenberg to engage in assessments and 
documentation of potential sites for Public Utility Commission public art projects. 
Ms. Schwartzenberg would create a site profile of several locations, including Lake 
Merced, McLaren Park and the Embarcadero. Further, as the Public Utilities 
Commission allows us to pool funds, this document could serve a dual purpose as a 
tool to find sites for larger projects. 

Motion: Motion to approve awarding to Susan Schwartzenberg an honorarium not to 
exceed $10,000 to develop a Site Profile including photographs and narrative 
descriptions of potential Public Utility Commission sites for public art descriptions of 
potential artist opportunities to include Lake Merced, McLaren Park, Embarcadero 
among other sites. 

6. Harvey Milk Commemorative Bust 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton presented the finalists for the Harvey Milk 
Commemorative Bust competition. Dan Nicoletta, Co-Chair of the Harvey Milk 
Memorial Committee, Jeannene Przyblyski, Chair of the Visual Arts Committee, Gary 
Nathan, Harvey Milk Memorial Committee Member, Dugald Stermer, artist and former 
Visual Arts Commissioner and Jewelle Gomez, writer and former Arts Commission staff 
member participated in the panel on Monday, August 14 th , 2006. 
Forty-two submissions were culled down to twenty six by Arts Commission staff based 
on selection criteria, and the challenge for the panelists quickly became selecting an 
artist that would stand out from the strong and talented pool of applicants, all of 
whom worked within the genre of portraiture. The three finalists, Cedric Wentworth, 
Bruce Wolfe and the Daub Firmin Hendrickson Sculpture group will each create a 
maquette of their proposal, which will be displayed at City Hall for a period of two 
weeks in mid November, 2006. This exhibit will be publicized so that the public will 
have a chance to view the proposals a write comments which will be provided to the 
selection panel prior to their final deliberation. Artist Mario Chiodo was selected as 
the alternate. 

Motion: Motion to accept the Harvey Milk Artist Selection Panel's recommendation of 
the three finalists to be named at meeting 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to award Bruce Wolfe, 
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$2,500 each to develop a specific proposal for the Harvey Milk Commemorative 
Sculpture. 



7. Koret Children's Playground 

Ms. Manton reminded the Commissioners that this project began three years ago. 
Formerly known as The Children's Playground of Golden Gate Park, the park has since 
been renamed in honor of the Koret Foundation, which is the donor who provided the 
bulk of the funding for the playground. Budget problems and the increasing cost of 
construction have resulted in a more modest playground designation than originally 
planned. 

To complement the water theme of the toddler's play area, artist Vicki Sauls has 
been working with a maritime theme, creating creatures such as a sea turtle, a 
pelican and a hermit crab. Due to the delay in implementing the project, the cost of 
fabrication and transportation of the work has risen. Ms. Manton has requested a 
$4,000 increase in the contract amount to account for this. In addition, she has asked 
the commission to authorize modifying the agreement to include the transportation 
and installation phase of the agreement. The total increase to the agreement shall 
be $15,993. 

Motion: Motion to modify the contract with Vicki Saulls for the Koret Children's 
Playground by authorizing Phase III of the Agreement to Design, Fabricate, Transport 
and Install an Artwork at the Koret Children's Quarters for a total increase of $15,993 
bringing the contract total to the amount of $53,500. 



8. New Business 

Ms. Manton stated that she has met with Michael Farrah of the Mayor's Office, Kate 
Stacey, Lead Attorney of the Land Use team and Arts Commission Attorney Adine 
Varah to discuss a proposed change in legislation which would consolidate 
management of the private Percent for Art at the Arts Commission. This will fulfill a 
policy proposal of Mayor Newsom's made during his campaign, the intent of which is 
to make more public art accessible and of benefit to the public. Ms. Manton reported 
that the group discussed two models for spending the required one percent of the 
project cost for art. First, they discussed the Los Angeles model in which the 
developer spends 60% of the art funds on the private development site, and the 
remaining 40% goes directly into a public art trust which would be administered by 
the Arts Commission to commission artworks in a public space adjacent to the private 
development. The group also discussed an alternative idea, that developers might 
also have the option to direct all of the art funds into the public art trust, possibly in 
exchange for a reduction in the total amount they would need to provide (i.e., less 
than one percent of the project cost). There was much discussion as to the 
advantages and disadvantages of these various models. The Commissioners advised 
that public input and preliminary meetings with the development community would 
be very critical. 



9. Old Business 

Ms. Manton publicly acknowledged and thanked Project Manager Carol Marie Daniels 
for her tremendous accomplishment in managing the restoration of the Mark Disuvero 
Sculpture on the Embarcadero. Working in collaboration with Mr. Disuvero's studio, 
Architectural Resources Group and the Redevelopment Agency, the project was 
completed on schedule and looks wonderful. 

10. Adjournment 

As there was no further business; the meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m. 

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Notices 

'Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Ellen Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness, Suite 3900, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317 and website . 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Administrator, 
Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San 
Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by 
email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a 
copy from Mr. Darby or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative 
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3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102, during 
regular business hours. INFO: Jennifer Lovvorn (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness, Suite 3900, San 
Francisco, CA 94102, - telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317 and website. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Administrator, 
Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San 
Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by 
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SPECIAL MEETING OF THE 

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Friday, September 29, 2006 

3:00 p.m. 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 

DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

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1 - Consent PUBLIC LIBRARY 

1 . Motion to approve a change of material for Irene Pijoan's fence panels for 
SOMA Park, from painted aluminum to unpainted marine grade stainless steel, 
based on conservator's recommendations for long-term conservation. 

2. Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection Cliffs at Land's End (2003), 
Bay Area Foothills (2003) and Marin Headlands (2004), three fabric collages 
on linen (53" x 67" framed) by Merle Axelrad Serlin, for installation at Laguna 
Honda Hospital. 

3. Motion to approve an increase in the contract with David Perry and 
Associates for providing promotional consultation for the Third Street Light 
Rail Art Enrichment Program from an original contract amount of $4,500 to a 
new total amount not to exceed $10,000, for providing additional consultation 
related to the Art on Market Street Program. 

4. Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a 
Memorandum of Understanding with the Port of San Francisco regarding the 
siting of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade monument on Port property. 

2. Collections 

Susan Pontious and Nancy Gonchar 

Update on Collections activities, including the Edvard Munch prints, General 

Hospital, jewelry collection, Bufano sculptures, and policy discussion regarding 

questions and issues that should be addressed in the Collections mission 

statement. 

Explanatory Documents: Report on Edvard Munch prints, Collections Article, 

Civic Art Collections Background and Collections Mission Statement 

Motion: Motion to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between Mission 
Housing and the San Francisco Housing Authority regarding the loan of eight 
Bufano sculptures to Valencia Gardens. 

3. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Susan Pontious 

Presentation of proposal for artwork by Michael Stutz for Laguna Honda 

Hospital 

Motion: Motion to reject the proposal for artwork by Michael Stutz for Laguna 



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4. San Francisco International Airport 

Susan Pontious 

Report regarding artist Richard Misrach's response to the Visual Arts 
Committee's request for a work from the artist's series of Golden Gate Bridge 
photographs for an Airport gate room wall. 

Presentation on artist Clare Rojas's revised proposal for an Airport gate room 
wall. 

Only one of the following motions needs approval: 

Motion: Motion to approve artist Richard Misrach's previous proposal of a 
beach or water scene photograph for a San Francisco Airport gate room wall. 

Motion: Motion to request Arts Commission staff to present an alternative 
artist from the approved list of finalists for a San Francisco Airport gate room 
wall. 

5. Branch Library Improvement Project — Glen Park Library 

Judy Moran 

Presentation of preliminary proposal by the artist team of Reddy Lieb and Linda 

Raynsford for an artwork for the new Glen Park Library. 

Motion: Motion to approve the preliminary proposal by the artist team of Reddy 
Lieb and Linda Raynsford for an artwork for the new Glen Park Library and to 
approve the artist team to proceed with design development. 

6. Art on Market Street Program 

Judy Moran 

Update of Art on Market Street Program for 2006 

7. Broadway Streetscape Improvements 

Tonia Macneil and Brian Goggin 

Presentation of conceptual design and budget for the artwork entitled The 
Language of Birds, by Brian Goggin, to be located at a new plaza to be built at 
the intersection of Broadway and Columbus Streets in North Beach. 
Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

Motion: Motion to approve the conceptual proposal and budget by Brian Goggin 
for the artwork entitled The Language of Birds, to be located at the 
intersection of Broadway and Columbus Streets, and to authorize the Director 
of Cultural Affairs to enter into contract with Brian Goggin for an amount not 
to exceed $35,000. 

8. Junipero Serra Art Enrichment 

Jill Manton 

Review of proposed site for artwork and discussion regarding overall approach 

for project. 

9. Joseph Lee Recreation Center 

Jill Manton 

Discussion regarding funding options for the restoration of Dewey Crumpler's 

mural entitled The Fire Next Time, at the Joseph Lee Recreation Center. 

10. Academy of Sciences 

Jill Manton 

Report on meeting with Academy of Sciences artist Maya Lin. 

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Jill Manton 

Update on temporary projects by Seyed Alavi and the artist team of Wowhaus. 

12. Jay DeFeo Painting 
Jill Manton 

Report on investigation of potential sites for the sale and placement of the Jay 
DeFeo painting Masquerade in Black. 

13. New Business 

14. Old Business 
Jill Manton 

Update on Facsimile project at Moscone Center. 

15. Adjournment 

9/25/2006 



Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
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SPECIAL MEETING OF THE 

VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 

Friday, September 29, 2006 

3:00 p.m. 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 

iU -' Minutes 

D DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

Commissioners Present 

Leonard Hunter, Jeannene Przyblyski, Lawrence Rinder ...... 

Absent: Dede Wilsey, Pop Zhao NUV * * ^ 06 

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Staff Present PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Richard Newirth, Director of Cultural Affairs; Carol Marie Daniels, Nancy Gonchar, 
Jennifer Loworn, Tonia Macneil, Jill Manton, Judy Moran, Susan Pontious 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 

The meeting commenced at 3:00 p.m. 

1 . Consent 

1 . Motion to approve a change of material for Irene Pijoan's fence panels for 
SOMA Park, from painted aluminum to unpainted marine grade stainless steel, 
based on conservator's recommendations for long-term conservation. 

2. Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection Cliffs at Land's End (2003), 
Bay Area Foothills (2003) and Marin Headlands (2004), three fabric collages 
on linen (53" x 67" framed) by Merle Axelrad Serlin, for installation at Laguna 
Honda Hospital. 

3. Motion to approve an increase in the contract with David Perry and 
Associates for providing promotional consultation for the Third Street Light 
Rail Art Enrichment Program from an original contract amount of $4,500 to a 
new total amount not to exceed $10,000, for providing additional consultation 
related to the Art on Market Street Program. 

4. Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a 
Memorandum of Understanding with the Port of San Francisco regarding the 
siting of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade monument on Port property. 

Motion: Motion to adopt the revised consent calendar item 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

2. Collections 

Deputy Director Nancy Gonchar reported that Valencia Gardens is complete and 
there will be an opening celebration on November 20 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 

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noon. The Bufano sculptures have been moved back from the Randall Museum 
where they had been on temporary loan during construction. Commissioner 
Przyblyski has been helping the Randall Museum find sculptures to replace the 
Bufanos. Ms. Gonchar stated that the Arts Commission would like to enter into 
an agreement with Valencia Gardens and Mission Housing regarding the Bufano 
sculptures. The Memorandum of Understanding addresses such issues as 
notification to the Arts Commission if the artworks are vandalized, and a 
requirement to use art conservators for any repair and maintenance of the 
sculptures. The loan initially will be for a five-year period. Mission Housing and 
Valencia Gardens will need to produce a small brochure and provide public 
access to the artwork. 

Public Art Program Deputy Director Susan Pontious reported that the Arts 
Commission has recently received some critical publicity with regard to the 
Collection. She stated that an article went out through the Associated Press, 
which reported on some missing works from our Collection. On the advice of 
the City Attorney, staff provided the reporter background on the Collections 
Program. Ms. Pontious stated that all the work that was in storage at San 
Francisco General Hospital has been relocated to Brooks Hall. 

Ms. Pontious reported on the Edvard Munch prints which were given to the Arts 
Commission in 1954. The bequest indicated that the Arts Commission was to 
acquire works by Scandinavian artists for the purpose of lending such works to 
local museums. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art would now like to 
return to the Arts Commission the Munch prints on loan to the Museum. Staff is 
consulting with the City Attorney regarding what options there are for 
deaccessioning the work. Ms. Pontious has provided the Commissioners with the 
acquisition history for these works in advance of receiving the City Attorney's 
recommendations. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that the Arts Commission should carefully 
consider whether to deaccession works which add to the patrimony of the City. 
She would be in favor of giving the prints to an institution such as the 
Achenbach. Commissioner Rinder agreed that the Arts Commission should not 
sell the prints, but place them at another local institution. 

Ms. Pontious stated that the discussion regarding the Collections mission 
statement would be continued to the next meeting. 

Ms. Gonchar suggested that an hour be reserved at an upcoming Visual Arts 
Committee meeting to discuss Collections issues. 

Regarding the missing artwork, Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she feels 
grave concern about the significant loss of City assets. She felt that staff 
should have emphasized to the press the good work the Commission is doing. 

Ms. Manton suggested that one of the many things the Arts Commission should 
do is to send a report about the missing work to the police. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she would like to have a discussion about 
Collections issues at the next Visual Arts Committee meeting. She would like 
the Commissioners to help determine the next steps. 

Motion: Motion to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between Mission 
Housing and the San Francisco Housing Authority regarding the loan of eight 
Bufano sculptures to Valencia Gardens. 
Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

3. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Project Manager Susan Pontious presented the proposal for an artwork by 
Michael Stutz for Laguna Honda Hospital. The Laguna Honda Hospital Art 

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Steering Committee had wanted the artist to create a figurative sculpture. 
Instead, the artist has been interested in creating a work that is the height and 
scale of someone in a wheelchair. She stated that the artist has made a 
number of proposals, all of which had been rejected before being presented to 
the Commission. Ms. Pontious decided to present this latest proposal to the 
Commission in order to relay their recommendations to the artist. The proposal 
is for a woven metal band sculpture of a smiling face, which would be low 
relief and resemble a mask. 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton asked whether the artist could create a 
Kore figure similar to the one created for the Arts Commission at the Airport in 
bronze. Ms. Pontious stated that the artist does not want to make a standing 
figure, because there are so many Laguna Honda Hospital residents in 
wheelchairs. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that the current proposal has no concept and 
she finds the mask banal. She suggested that since the artist is intent on 
creating a wheelchair-scale sculpture, perhaps he should create a sculpture of 
a wheelchair. 

Ms. Pontious stated that the scale of the proposed sculpture may have been 
determined by the budget. Commissioners stated that they would approve an 
increase of the budget if the proposal was so warranted. 

Motion: Motion to reject the proposal for artwork by Michael Stutz for Laguna 
Honda Hospital. 
Moved: Rinder/ Hunter 

4. San Francisco International Airport 

Project Manager Susan Pontious presented a painting by artist Clare Rojas 
which is representative of the direction in which the artist would like to take 
her revised proposal for an Airport gate room wall. Ms. Pontious stated that the 
artist's painting would be translated into tile. With Commission approval, Ms. 
Pontious would like to take the proposed direction for the project to the San 
Francisco Airport Art Steering Committee. 

Commissioner Rinder stated that this painting is very representative of the 
Mission School with its combination of abstract elements and the figure. He 
stated that the design is bold and would read well from a distance. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that overall the direction is good, but she 
would like the artist to work on the size and placement of the sun element. 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton stated that the Arts Commission would 
not want to commission the artist to merely recreate an existing work on a 
larger scale. 

Ms. Pontious stated that the proposal is representative of a type of painting 
that she would do for the Airport. She will present a more developed proposal 
to the Airport Art Steering Committee, and will then bring the final proposal to 
the Commission for approval. 

Ms. Pontious reported that artist Richard Misrach declined to create a work 
from his series of Golden Gate Bridge photographs for an Airport gate room 
wall. The artist feels that the photograph would seem commercial displayed in 
the context of the Airport. The artist did propose two alternate existing images 
from a new series of beach photographs. One is an image of people floating in 
the water, and the other is a bird's-eye view of a beach scene. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that the Commission wants to showcase Bay 
Area artists at the Airport. Regarding the new proposals, the first is not 

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appropriate for the Airport because of its associations, and the other seems to 
have little relevance to San Francisco. Commissioner Rinder, however, stated 
that a beach scene could be impressive. Commissioner Hunter asked if we 
could ask the artist for another proposal. 

Ms. Manton suggested that staff speak with the artist's gallery. Ms. Pontious 
reminded the Commisssion that a number of alternate artists had been 
approved in the event that we could not work something out. 

The Commissioners agreed that Misrach's work is representative of a type of 
art that is not currently in the collection at the Airport and that he is an 
important artist from the Bay Area. 

The following motions were tabled: 

Motion: Motion to approve artist Richard Misrach's previous proposal of a beach 
or water scene photograph for a San Francisco Airport gate room wall. 

Motion: Motion to request Arts Commission staff to present an alternative 
artist from the approved list of finalists for a San Francisco Airport gate room 
wall. 

5. Branch Library Improvement Project— Glen Park Library 

In Project Manager Judy Moran's absence, Project Manager Susan Pontious 
presented the preliminary proposal by the artist team of Reddy Lieb and Linda 
Raynsford for an artwork for the new Glen Park Library. Ms. Pontious stated 
that the Glen Park Library is part of a larger building that has other uses. The 
artists are proposing to create a glass and steel sculptural relief to be installed 
on the wall at the entryway to the library. Ms. Pontious introduced artists 
Reddy Lieb and Linda Raynsford. 

The artists stated that the inspiration for their artwork is derived from the 
notion of the library as a repository and a social space. The artists propose to 
take themes and narratives for the work from the community, including 
neighborhood historical references. The artwork will have multiple steel and 
fused glass elements above a large glass circle. They will use different types of 
frits, colors, and materials, and as many recycled materials as possible. A circle 
motif will be repeated throughout the piece, referencing wholeness and 
community. The artists reported that the Library and the community are happy 
with the design proposal. 

Motion: Motion to approve the preliminary proposal by the artist team of Reddy 
Lieb and Linda Raynsford for an artwork for the new Glen Park Library and to 
approve the artist team to proceed with design development. 
Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

6. Art on Market Street Program 

This report was continued to the next meeting. 

7. Broadway Streetscape Improvements 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton stated that the public art project 
associated with the Broadway Streetscape Improvements has received 
unprecedented support from the community groups Renew SF and the 
Telegraph Hill Dwellers. She added that Department of Public Works (DPW) has 
also been very supportive and has agreed to provide much of the infrastructure 
for the artwork. She thanked DPW Project Manager Judy Mosqueda for her 
support. Ms. Manton reported that artist Brian Goggin has significantly 
developed his proposal beyond the preliminary sketch presented to the VAC in 
July 2006. The artist's current proposal calls for a budget ($62,000) which is 
larger than the available art enrichment funds ($35,000). The community has 
expressed an interest in raising the additional necessary funds. Ms. Manton 

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stated that staff will need to work with the City Attorney on crafting an 
agreement that addresses this unique funding arrangement. She added that the 
artist has offered to cover any budget shortfall, but she feels that this is not a 
desirable solution. Ms. Manton introduced artist Brian Goggin. 

Mr. Goggin stated that he is energized and committed to completing the 
project. He proposes to create a suspended artwork comprised of 1 1 
illuminated sculpted book forms. These pieces would be made from a milky 
colored polycarbonate that would be vacuum-formed in the shape of books. 
The book forms would be illuminated from the interior by LEDs which would be 
on a timer to turn on at dusk and off in the morning. The current proposal calls 
for 11 book forms to be suspended by a cable structure. Mr. Goggin has also 
provided an alternate proposal with 23 suspended book forms. The cable 
structure would be installed at approximately 15 to 30 feet above the plaza. 
The proposal also calls for an artwork paving component which would be 
integrated into the paving pattern of the plaza. The artist described the 
process in which he will design the layout for the pavers so that the text would 
appear to have fallen from the suspended books. The artwork pavers would 
feature fragments of text from various sources. He will invite the community to 
identify books for the artwork and to select words for the paving. He stated 
that the inspiration for the artwork came from a community meeting where the 
residents spoke of wanting a suspended artwork that used light. He added that 
the title, "The Language of Birds," references alchemy and the Middle Ages. 
The artist stated that his artwork will be suspended from existing poles at or 
near the plaza and possibly from a neighboring building. 

Ms. Mosqueda stated that DPW will be installing two traffic light poles and two 
pedestrian light poles. She offered to make any two of those poles up to 30 
feet in height to accommodate the artwork. 

Commissioner Hunter inquired whether the artwork needs such a heavy gauge 
cable. The artist responded that the cable width has been determined by 
engineers, and they have recommended a thickness of 1 /8th inch. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that the project would have more of an impact 
with the alternate proposal of 23 book forms, but she acknowledged that the 
budget is already short by approximately $30,000 with the proposed 11 book 
forms. She was appreciative of the community's enthusiasm for the project, 
but expressed concern about whether the community would raise the necessary 
funds. 

The artist stated that he has various funders who have offered their support. 
Ms. Manton suggested that the donations be made directly to the City in 
support of this project, as the Arts Commission will write the contract for the 
full amount. She added that the full project costs will not be known until the 
engineering is completed. 

Commissioner Przyblyski suggested that we get the community to formally 
pledge their support. Director of Cultural Affairs Richard Newirth suggested 
that the donors place the funds in an escrow account that would only be spent 
if the project goes forward. 

Commissioner Hunter stated that he prefers the alternate proposal with 23 
book forms. Mr. Goggin stated that he thinks the project will be strong with 11 
book forms, but agrees that it would have a stronger impact with 23. The artist 
stated that he would provide Commissioners a budget for 23 book forms at an 
upcoming meeting. He added that he will continue to raise funds for the 
artwork. 

Ms. Mosqueda expressed concern regarding the schedule. She stated that DPW 
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Chinese New Year in February 2007. She stated that the artwork is the highlight 
of the plaza, and she wants to make sure the art can be installed by the time 
the plaza is constructed. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that, assuming that the funders have already 
committed, there should be no problem with having the artwork installed on 
schedule. 

Commissioner Hunter thanked Ms. Mosqueda and DPW for their work and 
support. 

The following motion was revised. 

Motion: Motion to approve Brian Goggin's conceptual design for The Language 

of Birds, to be located at the intersection of Broadway and Columbus Streets, 

and to direct staff to work expeditiously to come up with funding scenarios 

within one month. 

Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

8. Junipero Serra Art Enrichment 
Public Art Program Director Jill Manton presented elevation drawings of the 
new Junipero Serra Recreation Center. She stated that the architect has 
recommended a prominent site for the artwork. The new building has a large 
blank wall overlooking the ball field, which would be a good opportunity for 
public art in terms of visibility. The art budget is in the $30,000 range, which 
would be enough for a metal relief or bas-relief. Staff will select a short list of 
from the prequalified pool for presentation to the VAC. Due to the size of the 
budget, only local artists would be eligible. Although there will not be a 
community panel to select the artist, the project artist will meet with the 
community for input prior to developing a proposal. Ms. Manton will present 
the short list at an upcoming Visual Arts Committee meeting for Commissioners 
to select the project artist. 

9. Joseph Lee Recreation Center 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton reported on funding options for the 
restoration of Dewey Crumpler's mural entitled The Fire Next Time, at the 
Joseph Lee Recreation Center. She stated that there is a small amount of art 
enrichment funding from a Metropolitan Transportation Authority project at 
Bay View Plaza. She would like to use that funding as part of the cost of 
restoring the remaining components of the Crumpler mural, which is revered in 
the community. The Commissioners supported the idea of using these funds to 
restore the mural. 

10. Academy of Sciences 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton reported on the recent meeting with 
Academy of Sciences artist Maya Lin. She stated that Ms. Lin met with the 
Academy Director and scientists, the architect's representative, and 
Commissioner Przyblyski among others for a work session in August. At that 
meeting they discussed locating the artwork in the east and west wings of the 
museum. For the west wing, Ms. Lin is interested in creating a wire sculpture 
based on the topography of the bay floor. This piece would be similar to the 
works that were included in Ms. Lin's "Systematic Landscape" exhibition at the 
Henry Art Gallery. For the east wing, Ms. Lin would like to create a piece on 
the theme of extinction, which would be her "last memorial" and may be a 
table with a water element. The Academy of Sciences is very excited about the 
proposed ideas. Ms. Lin will present her proposals to the Academy of Sciences 
Art Steering Committee in November. 

Director of Cultural Affairs Richard Newirth stated that Ms. Lin's presentation 
impressed the Academy of Sciences Trustees. Public Art Program Director Jill 
Manton stated that Ms. Lin spoke at length about her interest in the 
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her artwork and commitment to the environment resonated with the mission 
and programs of the Academy of Sciences. 

1 1 . Hayes Green Temporary Projects 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton reported that artist Seyed Alavi was in 
the final stages of his installation, which would be completed in the next day 
or two. The Recreation and Parks Department finally agreed to allow the artist 
to bolt the artwork to the concrete plaza. 

12. Jay DeFeo Painting 

This report was continued. 

13. New Business 

14. Old Business 

The update on the Facsimile project at Moscone Center was continued. 

15. Adjournment 

As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m. 
Submitted by Jennifer Loworn, Public Art Program Associate 
Approved by Richard Newirth, Director of Cultural Affairs 

10/19/2006 



Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Jennifer Loworn (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
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Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Administrator, 
Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San 
Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by 
email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

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San Francisco Arts Commission 
October 18 

VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 

3:00 p.m. 
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DOCUMENTS DEPT. 



Agenda 

1 . Consent 

1 . Motion to approve the design by Alexander MacLeitch for a sculpture 
(revised per Arts Commissioners' recommendations) to be located on the 
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2. Motion to approve the concrete integral color samples proposed by artist 
Vicki Saulls to be used in the fabrication of a sea turtle sculpture, a pelican 
sculpture and three hermit crab sculptures for the Koret Children's Quarters. 

3. Motion to approve the temporary loan of the jewelry collection, in part or 
in whole, to the San Francisco International Airport Museums program for 
exhibition, under terms to be negotiated by Arts Commission staff with the 
Airport. 

4. Motion to approve the following pool of potential panelists for artist 
selection for the Public Art Program: Hung Liu, artist; Ned Kahn, artist; Daniell 
Cornell, curator; Leah Levy, art consultant/curator; Regina Almaguer, art 
consultant; Squeak Carnwath, artist; Constance Lewallen, curator; Wang Po 
Shu, artist; and Arnold Kemp, curator. 

5. Motion to approve replacement plaque design for the Leonidas sculpture in 
the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse. 

2. Gallery Report 

Meg Shiffler 

Discussion of the Gallery's programmatic scope and vision 

Explanatory Document: Exhibition calendar 

3. Collections Policy Discussion 

Nancy Gonchar 

Discussion regarding the Civic Art Collection: Charter Responsibility, Mission, 
Status of Conservation Efforts, Budget, Staffing, and Policy Issues 
Explanatory Documents: Civic Art Collection: Background (Revised Version) and 
Mission Statement for Civic Art Collection 

4. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Susan Pontious 

Selection of Artist for Unassigned Residence Floor in East Residence 

Motion: Motion to approve selection of one of the following artists and an 
alternate (all members of a pre-approved artist pool) from whom art will be 
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with the option to include the purchase and/or commissioning of artwork for 
the West Residence Building, should it be constructed. Artists to be considered 
are: Ann Gardner, Sheila Ghidini, Diane Hall, Mike Mandel, Gwynn Murrill, 
Patricia O'Conner, Ann Preston, John Pugh, and Vicki Saulls. 

5. Joseph Lee Recreation Center 

Jill Manton 

Motion: Motion to approve the selection panel's recommendation of the 
following three candidates and one alternate to be interviewed for the Joseph 
Lee Recreation Center Public Art Project and to approve the payment of a $750 
honorarium to each of the finalists: Ripe Collaborative (Artist Team of Walter 
Kitundu, Philip Ross, and Adriane Colburn), Amana Johnson, and Diana 
Pumpelly Bates, or the alternate, Laurel True. 

6. Broadway Streetscape 
Jill Manton and Tonia Macneil 
Update on progress of fundraising and City approvals 

7. Art on Market Street Program 

Judy Moran 

Update of Art on Market Street Program for 2007 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

8. New Business 

9. Old Business - Golden Gateway 

Presentation of images of Golden Gateway installation at Hayes Green 

10. Adjournment 

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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Jennifer Lovvorn (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness, Suite 3900, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317 and website. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
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email at sotf(?sfgov.org. 

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VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 

3:00 p.m. 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



Minutes 



Commissioners Present: 

Leonard Hunter, Jeannene Przyblyski, Lawrence Rinder, Dede Wilsey 
Absent: Pop Zhao 

Staff Present: 

Nancy Gonchar, Jennifer Loworn, Tonia Macneil, Jill Manton, Judy Moran, Richard 
Newirth, Susan Pontious, Meg Shiffler 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 



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The meeting commenced at 3:03 p.m. 

1. Public Comment 

Eula Walters, founder and representative of the "Citizens for Open Space and 
to Retain the Vaillancourt Fountain" addressed the Commissioners. She 
requested that the Commissioners reverse their decision approving the location 
of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Memorial Monument behind the Vaillancourt 
Fountain. She stated that this is her favorite fountain and the back of it is even 
more beautiful than the front. She stated that the proposed monument is to be 
75 feet long, which would block the view of the fountain to pedestrians and 
motorists traveling along the Embarcadero. She added that due to the number 
of pigeons in the area, the monument will need to be cleaned frequently. She 
also objects to a war-themed artwork being placed in an area where children 
play. 

2. Consent 

1 . Motion to approve the design by Alexander MacLeitch for a sculpture 
(revised per Arts Commissioners' recommendations) to be located on the 
sidewalk at the Patson Building at 275 Sacramento. 

2. Motion to approve the concrete integral color samples proposed by artist 
Vicki Saulls to be used in the fabrication of a sea turtle sculpture, a pelican 
sculpture and three hermit crab sculptures for the Koret Children's Quarters. 

3. Motion to approve the temporary loan of the jewelry collection, in part or 
in whole, to the San Francisco International Airport Museums program for 
exhibition, under terms to be negotiated by Arts Commission staff with the 
Airport. 

The following motion was removed from the consent calendar: 

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selection for the Public Art Program: Hung Liu, artist; Ned Kahn, artist; Daniell 
Cornell, curator; Leah Levy, art consultant/curator; Regina Almaguer, art 
consultant; Squeak Carnwath, artist; Constance Lewallen, curator; Wang Po 
Shu, artist; and Arnold Kemp, curator. 

5. Motion to approve replacement plaque design for the Leonidas sculpture in 
the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse. 

Motion: Motion to adopt the consent calendar items. 
Moved: Wilsey/Rinder 

Regarding the motion that was pulled from the Consent Calendar, 
Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she has reservations about having 
consultants as panelists because there is a potential conflict of interest. Public 
Art Program Director Jill Manton pointed out that Leah Levy and Regina 
Almaguer do not represent artists. Ms. Levy is a curator who manages public art 
projects for private clients and she is also the Executor of the Jay DeFeo 
Estate. Ms. Almaguer is a consultant to private developers and other 
municipalities. Commissioner Przyblyski stated that having consultants on the 
panel does not widen the perspective, but duplicates the knowledge of the 
Project Manager. 

Commissioner Hunter stated that there should be more artists on the panels. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she would like to have oversight on the 
selection of each project panel, rather than establishing a qualified pool of 
panelists. 

Commissioners recommended revising the motion to be specific to the San 
Francisco International Airport project and to include the following artists: 
Hilda Shum, artist; Linda Geary, artist; Kota Ezawa, artist; and Enrique 
Chagoya, artist. 

The following motion was revised: 

Motion: Motion to approve the following pool of potential panelists for artist 

selection for the Secure Connector at San Francisco International Airport: Hung 

Liu, artist; Ned Kahn, artist; Daniell Cornell, curator; Squeak Carnwath, artist; 

Constance Lewallen, curator; Wang Po Shu, artist; Hilda Shum, artist; Linda 

Geary, artist; Kota Ezawa, artist; and Enrique Chagoya, artist. 

Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

3. Gallery Report 

Gallery Director Meg Shiffler presented the schedule of exhibitions through 
next summer. 

The current exhibition in the Gallery is "Immediate Future: The 2006 Murphy & 
Cadogan Fellowships in the Fine Arts." Ms. Shiffler stated that it has been 
incredibly rewarding to undertake this exhibition. The gallery has renewed its 
agreement with the San Francisco Foundation to continue presenting the 
annual fellowship award exhibitions through 2009. 

The Gallery has initiated an annual print award. This year the award went to 
Ala Ebtekar, who will work with Trillium Press on the production of a print that 
will be available at the November 9th fundraiser, "Commission '06: Remix." 

At the fundraiser, individual artworks from prior years' box collections will be 
offered for sale. Following the fundraiser event, the artwork will remain on 
display through December 16. 

Ms. Shiffler stated that normally the Windows exhibitions relate to the Gallery 
exhibition, but during the fundraiser that space will be given over to a 

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University of San Francisco installation art class who will be doing four site- 
specific installations. 

The January show, "Supply and Demand" is being curated by the Gallery 
Manager. It features two young artists who have propelled themselves into the 
national spotlight by working with corporations. Commissioner Przyblyski stated 
that there should be some critical engagement related to the exhibition's 
concept. Commissioner Hunter stated that he is interested in the ways in which 
this exhibition might be anthropological. 

The spring exhibition, "JPG," is inspired by the publication "JPG Magazine," 
which features work by amateur photographers. The images included in the 
publication result from a call for submissions that has been publicized on the 
internet. Ms. Shiffler would like to make the show as accessible as possible and 
may work with PhotoAlliance to organize a related a panel discussion or 
symposium. 

Ms. Shiffler briefly mentioned some other exhibition concepts that are still 
being developed. 

Based upon the modeling of pairing a nationally recognized artist with a local 
artist, she is considering a "Conversations" exhibition that would pair Jillian 
McDonald and Mark Lee Morris, or Tiffany Bozic and Walton Ford. 

Ms. Shiffler has been working with Kevin Chen from Intersection for the Arts on 
an exhibition about performance and activism in San Francisco. This show 
would highlight how artists today create political work that is much different 
from political art of the past. It is more personal and subversive. 

She stated that the exhibition "Bay Area Conceptual Art, Past and Present" 
would be co-presented with another arts organization. Commissioner Rinder 
stated that if this exhibition is to be historical, it would need to be 
comprehensive. 

She is considering an exhibition featuring the work of Ellen Lake and Graciela 
Carrillo. Filmmaker Lake met the older artist Carrillo when she was 
volunteering in a women's shelter. The exhibition would feature films Lake has 
made about Carrillo as well as Carrillo's work. 

Ms. Shiffler is interested in hosting the work by international artist Beat 
Streuli, who does video and photography. His video work features the life of a 
city, which plays back at a slow pace. Commissioners Przyblyski and Rinder 
suggested that this exhibition would be appropriate for co-sponsorship with 
either California College of the Arts or the San Francisco Art Institute. 

For City Hall, Ms. Shiffler stated that she is continuing to present the same 
type of exhibition as the former Gallery Director had programmed. For the 
North Light Court, she would like to install banners. 

She concluded her report by stating that she will present the Gallery mission 
statement at the January Visual Arts Committee meeting. 

4. Collections Policy Discussion 

Deputy Director Nancy Gonchar stated that she would like today's discussion to 
address various Collections issues, such as policy and mission, maintenance, 
and restoration. She reported that a conservative estimate on the value of the 
Collection is between $25 and $30 million. The City allocates $15,000 annually 
for maintenance of artwork in the Collection and makes an additional 
allocation each year for the restoration of one monument. 

Public Art Program Deputy Director Susan Pontious distributed a report 
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prepared by consultants Architectural Resources Group on the current 
condition and associated costs for maintenance of the monuments on Market 
Street. Commissioner Hunter noted that the report indicates that it would take 
the equivalent of one full time worker to keep the monuments along Market 
Street maintained. 

Regarding the staff composition of the Collections Team, Commissioner 
Przyblyski stated that because Ms. Pontious's salary is entirely paid out of 
Percent-for-Art funds, the Public Art Program loses staff time when she works 
on Collections projects. Commissioner Przyblyski stated that the Mayor funded 
the Public Art Program Director's position, and it is important that he see 
results. She acknowledged that the entire staff is overextended, but noted that 
the Public Art Program is suffering. She stated that the staff is very competent, 
but that doing the work without administrative funding makes the need for a 
staff person less obvious. She stated that the Collections Program has dire 
needs with regard to maintenance and registration. She suggested that some of 
the Board of Supervisors' special allocation be spent to hire consultants to help 
with Collections issues. 

Director of Cultural Affairs Richard Newirth stated that he will be meeting with 
Commission President PJ Johnston next week to come to a resolution regarding 
the additional funding received as part of this year's budget. He stated that 
the Board of Supervisors is treating the funds as an increase to the Arts 
Commission's budget, while the Mayor's Office considers it a one-time 
allocation. Mr. Newirth stated that the needs of the Collections have been 
registered. 

Commissioner Przyblyski noted that there are pending Public Art projects to 
administer, but staff time is being diverted to Collections work. She stated that 
it is important for the Public Art Program to be working to its fullest. She 
added that it is also an important duty of the Arts Commission to look after the 
Collection. She suggested that this year the Arts Commission advocate for the 
restoration of a staff position for this program. She also noted that the Arts 
Commission needs a press relations staff position. 

Mr. Newirth stated that one of the new positions he would like to propose is an 
external affairs position, which could deal with press relations. 

Ms. Gonchar noted that the funding for the Public Art Program Director position 
was a one-time allocation from the Hotel Tax Fund and that a different source 
of funding will have to be identified for this position in the future. 

Commissioner Wilsey suggested that the Arts Commission recruit interns and 
volunteers to deal with some of the Collection's inventory and registration 
work. 

Commissioner Rinder stated that the care of the patrimony of the City is the 
responsibility of all of City government. He thinks that it would not be 
unreasonable to ask the Board of Supervisors to approve the funding of one 
full-time person for the inventory and oversight of $25 to $30 million worth of 
artwork. 

Mr. Newirth added that he is requesting a new development position. If this is 
approved, the Arts Commission would be in a good position to go after state 
and federal funds for maintenance of the Collection. 

Commissioner Wilsey suggested that the Arts Commission approach a local 
corporation, foundation or donor to adopt a monument. Mr. Newirth stated 
that the Arts Commission had an "Adopt a Monument" program years ago. 

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Collections mission statement at the next meeting. 

5. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Project Manager Susan Pontious reported that there is an artist opportunity in 
the East Residence at the Laguna Honda Hospital. An artist had not been 
assigned to this site because it has been unclear until now whether that floor 
would be eliminated from the construction plans. Consistent with the design of 
all of the other residential floors at the hospital, this floor has a common area 
in the center with a nurse's station and dining area. The artwork would aid in 
way-finding for the residents and would function as a visual identity for the 
floor. The size of the work can be no taller than four feet and as wide as 17 
feet for the major wall. Although some of the walls can be designed to include 
a niche for more dimensional work, the artwork to be placed on the short walls 
would have to be two-dimensional. 

Ms. Pontious presented work by the following artists from the Laguna Honda 
Hospital Artists Pool and asked Commissioners to select an artist: Ann Gardner, 
Sheila Ghidini, Diane Hall, Gwynn Murrill, Patricia O'Conner, Ann Preston, John 
Pugh, and Vicki Saulls. 

Ms. Pontious stated that the type of artwork that is appropriate for this 
environment would feature the natural world and vistas. Relief sculpture or 
work that is tactile and interactive is also fitting. 

Ms. Pontious stated that the other selected Laguna Honda Hospital artists are 
Beliz Brother, Anne Chamberlain, Terry Hoff, Arlan Huang, Owen Smith, 
Takenobu Igarashi, Lewis deSoto, Merle Serlin and Cliff Garten. 

The Commissioners agreed on Diane Hall as the project artist, with Ann 
Gardner as an alternate. 

The following motion was revised: 

Motion: Motion to approve selection of Diane Hall and Ann Gardner as an 

alternate from whom art will be commissioned and/or purchased for the L1 

level of the East Residence building, with the option to include the purchase 

and/or commissioning of artwork for the West Residence Building, should it be 

constructed. 

Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

6. Joseph Lee Recreation Center 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton reported on the selection panel 
meeting for the Joseph Lee Recreation Center. She stated that Commissioner 
Hunter was on the panel and there was very good discussion between panelists. 
Ms. Manton noted that among the finalists, the panel selected a team of artists 
who are new to public art. 

Commissioner Hunter stated that the discussion had to be negotiated as it went 
along. The community representatives wanted uplifting work. The collaborative 
team was an unusual but interesting choice. The other two finalists make work 
that is within a genre that is more accessible to the community. 

Motion: Motion to approve the selection panel's recommendation of the 
following three candidates and one alternate to develop proposals for the 
Joseph Lee Recreation Center Public Art Project and to approve the payment 
of a $750 honorarium to each of the finalists: Ripe Collaborative (Artist Team 
of Walter Kitundu, Philip Ross, and Adriane Colburn), Amana Johnson, and 
Diana Pumpelly Bates, or the alternate, Laurel True. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

7. Broadway Streetscape 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton and Project Manager Tonia Macneil 

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gave an update on the progress of fundraising and City approvals for the 
Broadway Streetscape art enrichment project. Ms. Manton stated that the Civic 
Design Committee had given Phase II approval to the streetscape design. The 
artist has procured $25,000 in pledges to be paid on November 1. This will 
meet the goal for the commissioning of eleven illuminated book sculptures. A 
request for approval will be placed on the November full Arts Commission 
agenda. Ms Macneil met with the Fire Department and learned that the cross 
cabling will not be permitted because it will interfere with access to the 
building, which will require a design modification by the artist. Ms. Macneil will 
set up a meeting between the artist and Fire Department staff. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that the Commission needs to establish a firm 
policy regarding the augmentation of project funds. Artists must be required to 
work within the budget they are given. She stated that because the small 
projects cost so much to manage, we need to again consider how to effect a 
policy change that will allow for the pooling of funds. 

8. Art on Market Street Program 

This report was continued to the next meeting. 

9. New Business 

10. Old Business 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton presented images of the Golden 
Gateway installation at Hayes Green. 

Ms. Manton also gave an update on the Diller + Scofidio project at Moscone 
West. She stated that the engineering consultants have conducted a load cell 
test to measure the force or load on the system. She believes that they are 
close to having enough data to redesign the bogies and the lower soffit wheels. 
The engineers have determined that the festooning arm is not causing any of 
the problems. She added that Sheedy Crane has offered to provide two days' 
use of their crane, with staff, free of charge. 

1 1 . Adjournment 

As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m. 
Submitted by Jennifer Lovvorn, Public Art Program Associate 
Approved by Richard Newirth, Director of Cultural Affairs 

10/31/2006 



Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Jennifer Lovvorn (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt, to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 

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Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness, Suite 3900, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317 and website . 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Administrator, 
Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San 
Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by 
email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a 
copy from Mr. Darby or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative 
Code on the Internet, http: / /www.sfgov.org/sunshine/ 



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Wednesday, November 15, 2006 

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1. Consent 

1 . Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection Shining Paths — San 
Francisco Sister Cities, 16 silvered glass gobos, projectors, mount 
brackets and mirrors, by Lewis deSoto for San Francisco International 
Airport. 

2. Motion to approve the multi-panel mural design celebrating the Quesada 
Avenue community garden by Deidre De Franceaux and Santie Huckaby 
on the retaining wall on the 1 700 block of Quesada Avenue funded by the 
Mayor's Neighborhood Beautification Fund. 

3. Motion to approve the temporary installation by Jen Pack of a fifty-foot- 
long green fabric "grass" line to be located on the north slope of Bernal 
Hill for two weeks in January 2007. 

4. Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection From the Heart Outwards, 
19 cold-cast bronze and aluminum tiles, by Vicki Saulls for the Eureka 
Valley Recreation Center. 

5. Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection Welcome Hands, four cast 
concrete tiles, by Vicki Saulls for the Eureka Valley Recreation Center. 

2. Gallery Report 

Meg Shiffler 

3. Collection Report 

Sarah Lenoue and Collection Program Intern Jaime Schwartz 
Explanatory Document: Jewelry Collection Report 

4. Art on Market Street Program 

Judy Moran 

Update of Art on Market Street Program for 2007 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

5. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Susan Pontious 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised handrail design by Cliff Garten and to 
change the scope of work and budget. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an 



agreement with Diane Andrews Hall for $3,000 to develop a design proposal for 
the East Residence VI floor of Laguna Honda Hospital. 

6. Airport 

Susan Pontious 

Motion: Motion to authorize for the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an 
agreement with Clare Rojas for $3,000 to develop a design proposal for a 
gateroom wall at San Francisco International Airport. 

7. Junipero Serra Recreation Center 

Jill Manton 

Presentation of short-list of candidates 

Motion: Motion to approve the selection of (artist to be named at meeting) for the 
Junipero Serra Recreation Center public art project. 

8. New Business 
Jill Manton 

Discussion of possible use of supplemental funding allocation for restoration of 
Dewey Crumpler mural and 6* Street artist designed signage 

9. Old Business 

10. Adjournment 

1/7/2006 



Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 

Commission office. 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240. San Francisco. CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Jennifer Lovvorn. (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration 

of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised thai the Chair ma} order the 
removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell 
phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to. influence local legislative or 
administrative action. may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to register 
and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please 



contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness. Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA 94102 - 
telephone (41 5) 581 -2300. fax (4 1 5 ) 58 1 -23 1 7 and website . 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the public. 
Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to 
conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted 
before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review. For more 
information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a violation of the 
ordinance, contact Adele Destro by mail to Interim Administrator. Sunshine Ordinance 
I ask force. 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. Room 244. San Francisco CA 94102-4689; 
by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by email at sotfasfgov.org. 

Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a copy 
from Ms. Destro or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code on 
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Commissioners Present: 

Leonard Hunter, Jeannene Przyblyski 

Absent: Lawrence Rinder, Dede Wilsey, Pop Zhao 

Staff Present: 

Nancy Gonchar, Sarah Lenoue, Jennifer Lovvorn, Jill Manton, Judy Moran, Susan 
Pontious 

Note: As there was no quorum, no votes were recorded. All motions will be continued 
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1 . Consent 

1 . Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection Shining Paths-San 
Francisco Sister Cities, 16 silvered glass gobos, projectors, mount 
brackets and mirrors, by Lewis deSoto for San Francisco International 
Airport. 

2. Motion to approve the multi-panel mural design by Deidre De Franceaux 
and Santie Huckaby on the retaining wall on the 1700 block of Quesada 
Avenue, celebrating the Quesada Avenue community garden and funded 
by the Mayor's Neighborhood Beautification Fund. 

3. Motion to approve the temporary installation by Jen Pack of a fifty-foot- 
long green fabric "grass" line to be located on the north slope of Bernal 
Hill for two weeks in January 2007. 

4. Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection From the Heart Outwards, 
19 cold-cast bronze and aluminum tiles, by Vicki Saulls for the Eureka 
Valley Recreation Center. 

5. Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection Welcome Hands, four cast 
concrete tiles, by Vicki Saulls for the Eureka Valley Recreation Center. 

2. Gallery Report 

There was no Gallery report. 

3. Collection Report 

Commissioner Przyblyski suggested that the discussion regarding the Collections 
Mission Statement be continued to the next meeting when more Commissioners 
are present. She looks forward to future staff reports regarding the General 
Hospital Collection. 

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management of the General Hospital Collection. 

Deputy Director Nancy Gonchar stated that she would like to discuss staffing 
relative to the Collections Program in general at an upcoming meeting. 

Project Manager Susan Pontious reported that one of her goals in the upcoming 
fiscal year is to shift much of the routine care of the Airport Collection to the 
San Francisco Airport Museum whose program has professional preparators and 
art maintenance staff. 

Collections Archivist Sarah Lenoue reported that Collection Program Intern 
Jaime Schwartz has completed her inventory of the jewelry collection and 
prepared a written report. Ms. Lenoue recently met with staff at the San 
Francisco Airport Museum, which is interested in exhibiting this collection. 

Ms. Schwartz presented select items from the jewelry collection to the 
Commissioners. She reported that the jewelry collection consists of 57 pieces. 
Of these pieces, condition reports have been prepared for thirty-six, which are 
currently in storage. One piece is on loan to the Fine Arts Museums of San 
Francisco. The other twenty are not accounted for, and there is little to no 
information on these pieces. 

This collection reflects the work of some of the most important jewelers of the 
Modernist Movement, as well as other significant pieces and artists. The 
collection was established through Purchase Prizes at the Annual Arts Festivals 
chosen by jurors who were involved in the art world as artists, teachers, and 
museum/gallery professionals. These pieces were deemed the best works of 
each particular year. Some of the noteworthy Modernist jewelers included in 
the Arts Commission's Jewelry Collection were Margaret de Patta, merry renk, 
Peter Macchiarini, Imogene "Tex" Gieling, Florence Resnikoff and Robert 
Dhaemers. She added that the work in this collection has never been exhibited. 

The Commissioners stated that the report is very impressive and commended 
Ms. Schwartz and the Collections Program for this accomplishment. 

4. Art on Market Street Program 

Project Manager Judy Moran reported on the current status of artist and 
project selection for the 2007 Art on Market Street Program. 

She is continuing to try to identify an artist to create a graphic novel about 
travel to be displayed in the Market Street kiosks. She spoke with Rod Gilchrist, 
Director of the Cartoon Art Museum, about collaborating on such a project with 
the Arts Commission, with related activities to be determined. Mr. Gilchrist is 
soliciting materials from interested cartoonists and graphic novel artists with 
whom he is familiar to be submitted to the Arts Commission for consideration 
for such a project. Ms. Moran stated that she may do additional outreach. 

Commissioner Przyblyski recommended Chris Ware as an artist for this project 
or as someone who could recommend other artists. 

Ms. Moran reported that she met with Rick and Megan Shaw Prelinger, creators 
and managers of the Prelinger Library, a unique resource library centered on 
histories of U.S. regions, culture, industry, landscape, natural history, media 
and politics, about collaborating on a Market Street project. The Prelinger 
Library has agreed to work with an artist or artist team on an Art on Market 
Street Project. As this year's Market Street theme is travel or journeys, this 
library is particularly appropriate as it offers artists a rich collection of 
transportation-related books and materials not founa in traditional libraries. 
However, none of the current prospective Art on Market Street artists were 
interested in working with the library. She may assign an artist or artist team 
to work specifically with the Prelinger Library on a project. 

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Ms. Moran explained that while any interested Bay Area artist may submit work 
for consideration, several artists were asked to submit documentation of past 
artwork. Four artists from this pool were paid an honorarium of $500 each to 
provide a brief preliminary written proposal for consideration. Those artists are 
the artist team of Amy Franceschini and Michael Swaine, Helena Keeffe, 
Michael Arcega, and the artist team of Steve Lambert and Packard Jennings. 
Staff reviewed these proposals to determine whether they are appropriate, 
feasible, and interesting. 

Ms. Moran presented past artwork and preliminary proposals by the four 
artists/artist teams. She stated that staff has concerns about the feasibility and 
appropriateness of two of the proposals. Ms. Moran felt that the other 
proposals by Helena Keeffe and the artist team of Steve Lambert and Packard 
Jennings could be further refined and developed into projects. 

Regarding the various project components of Helena Keeffe's proposal, 
Commissioner Przyblyski stated that the most compelling is the annotated bus 
route map. She would like to see that developed along with related posters and 
pamphlets to be located on the bus for that particular route. 

Regarding the proposal by the artist team of Steve Lambert and Packard 
Jennings, Commissioner Hunter recommended that the artists collaborate on 
the project with transportation planners or designers to develop the project 
and take it to a higher level. 

5. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Project Manager Susan Pontious gave an update on the sculptural handrail 
project by Cliff Garten at Laguna Honda Hospital. She stated that the artist 
began work on the project with a well-regarded engineering and fabrication 
company, Carlson fit Co. After some initial consulting on the project, the 
company decided they were not interested in working with plastics and would 
not do the fabrication. The artist has taken on the role that Carlson 6t Co. had 
in overseeing the fabrication. Ms. Pontious presented the original and revised 
budgets and explained that there has been a significant increase in costs 
relative to materials and the artist's time. Some of the costs will be offset by 
an architectural credit. She added that originally the project was to be located 
in the Esplanade, Connector Building and Knuckle Building, but due to cost 
increases, the project will have to be reduced to include the Esplanade area 
only. The project has been reduced to 412 linear feet from the original 1700 
linear feet. 

Artist Cliff Garten presented his completed design for the handrail and 
explained that he has been working on the project for five years. He wanted to 
work with the handrail because it is an object that people will use daily. Mr. 
Garten stated that it is important that his work be both functional and 
sculptural. The handrail will be made of polyurethane with a decorative 
stainless steel interior support structure. The sections of handrail are four feet 
long and will be cast in one of four colors of the resin material. Mr. Garten 
presented material samples to the Commissioners. He further explained that 
the mounting system will be cast as part of the stainless steel support for each 
of the handrail sections. Mr. Garten stated that the functional aspects of this 
project took tremendous research. With this project, he wanted to take on the 
challenge of turning normative objects from everyday life into art. 

Commissioner Hunter expressed concern about the budget increase, especially 
in light of the reduction of the project's total linear feet. He requested that 
staff provide Commissioners with a more detailed version of the original and 
revised budgets. He would also like staff to explore the option of having the 
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Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she is concerned about the cost of the 
project for a site like Laguna Honda Hospital where such an expense might be 
considered an extravagance. She also expressed concern regarding its 
functionality. 

Ms. Pontious stated that the dimensions of the handrail are designed to code. 

Mr. Garten stated that he would be willing to propose alternate materials as a 
way to reduce costs. However, the optical effects that are achieved with the 
resin would be lost with a material like bronze. 

The following motion was continued to the next Visual Arts Committee 

meeting. 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised handrail design by Cliff Garten and to 

change the scope of work and budget. 

The following motion was continued to the next Visual Arts Committee 

meeting. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an 

agreement with Diane Andrews Hall for $3,000 to develop a design proposal for 

the East Residence V1 floor of Laguna Honda Hospital. 

6. Airport 

Project Manager Susan Pontious reported that artist Clare Rojas has developed 
a new proposal and is researching how to translate her work into mosaic. Ms. 
Pontious stated that she will present the proposal to the Airport Art Steering 
Committee for approval before bringing it to the Commission for approval and 
authorization to enter into a contract. 

Motion: Motion to authorize for the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an 
agreement with Clare Rojas for $3,000 to develop a design proposal for a 
gateroom wall at San Francisco International Airport. 

7. Junipero Serra Recreation Center 

This report was continued to the next meeting. 

The following motion was continued to the next Visual Arts Committee 

meeting. 

Motion: Motion to approve the selection of (artist to be named at meeting) for 

the Junipero Serra Recreation Center public art project. 

8. New Business 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton reported on the possible use of the 
supplemental funding allocation for restoration of the Dewey Crumpler mural 
on the Joseph Lee Recreation Center to be used as a match for the 
Metropolitan Transportation Commission grant funds. Ms. Manton reported that 
a project budget has been prepared in consultation with architectural and 
mural conservators. 

She also briefly described the proposals for an artist-designed signage project 
on 6 th Street in collaboration with the Luggage Store. Ms. Manton stated that 
the signage project would be similar to the Creative Time signage project at 
Coney Island. 

Commissioner Przyblyskistated that Commissioners are working with staff on 
refining the proposal for the 6 th Street signage project. It will be brought back 
to the Visual Arts Committee next month. 

9. Old Business 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton reported that she received Maya Lin's 
schematic proposal for the public art project at the Academy of Sciences, 

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which will be presented to the Academy Art Advisory Committee in late 
November. 

10. Adjournment 

As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m. 
Submitted by Jennifer Loworn, Public Art Program Associate 
Approved by Richard Newirth, Director of Cultural Affairs 

11/27/2006 



Notices 

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DOCUMENTS DEPT. 



VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 

3:00 p.m. DEC j 9 im 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Agenda 1 2-1 9-06P02: 50 RCVD 

1. Consent 

Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection, Untitled (2004-2006), a set of six 
6' x 6' waterjet-cut stainless steel panels by Irene Pijoan, installed at Victoria 
Manalo Draves Park (formerly known as SOMA Park). 

2. Gallery Report 
Meg Shiffler 

Presentation of a draft plan for "Art at City Hall" which includes a plan 

designating proposed "Art Zones'* within the building. 

Explanatory Document: Establishing City Hall '"Art Zones" for 2007 

3. Collection Report 

Susan Pont ions and Nancy Gonchar 

General Hospital inventory project update, discussion of Civic Art Collection 

mission statement, and discussion of funding for Civic Art Collection 

maintenance and graffiti removal. 

Explanatory Document: Mission Statement for Civic Art Collection 

Motion: Motion to authorize the expenditure of up to $75,000 from the Board of 
Supervisors* supplemental funding for Civic Art Collection maintenance and 
graffiti removal. 

4. Dewey Crumpler Mural at Joseph Lee Recreation Center 

Susan Pontious 

Update on restoration of Dewey Crumpler mural. 

Explanatory Document: Budget for restoration of Crumpler mural 

Motion: Motion to approve the budget of $105,000 for cleaning and stabilization 
of the Dewey Crumpler mural. Fire Next Time II, and commemorative plaque for 
Fire Next Time I, at Joseph Lee Recreation Center, and for the use of $44,679 of 
MTA grant funds pending approval of the Bayview Public Advisory Committee 
and $60,321 of Board of Supervisors supplemental funding to fund the project. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into contract 
with Architectural Conservation, Inc. for an amount not to exceed $33,000 for the 
restoration of Dewey Crumpler's Fire Next Time II, the exterior mural on the 
gymnasium of the Joseph P. Lee Recreation Center. 






Motion: Motion to approve an honorarium payment of $5,000 to Dewey 
Crumpler for his consultation services on the restoration of Fire Next Time II the 
exterior mural on the gymnasium of the Joseph P. Lee Recreation Center. 

5. Utility Box Murals 

Richard Newirth and Jennifer Lovvorn 

Motion: Motion to approve the designs for the utility box mural project 
coordinated by Precita Eyes Muralists Association for the following five 
locations: southeast corner of 24 n and Harrison Streets designed by Laura Joya, 
Brenda Miller and Patricia Rose; northeast corner of 24 n and Capp Streets 
designed by participants in the Precita Eyes Urban Youth Arts Program directed 
by Fred Alvarado and Joshua Stevenson; southwest corner of 24 th and Capp 
Streets designed by Cecilia Baeza and Celestino Illustrisimo; southwest corner of 
24 l and Folsom Streets designed by participants in the Precita Eyes Muralists 
Kids Mural Art Workshop directed by Brenda Miller; and northwest corner of 
24 th and Mission Streets designed by Peter Cordova and Vincent Jackson of 
Creativity Explored. 

6. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Susan Portions 

Updates on the following artists' projects: Takenobu Igarashi, Diane Andrews 

Hall and Cliff Garten. 

Explanatory Documents: Laguna Honda Hospital Staff Report, Process for 

Artist's Functional Sculpture for Laguna Honda Hospital, and Laguna Honda 

Handrail Details. 

Motion: Motion to approve the design revision of terra cotta wall tiles by 
Takenobu Igarashi (VI Living, Dining Rooms) to allow for surface mounting of 
tiles to the wall. 

Motion: Motion to approve the proposal for an artwork by Diane Andrews Hall 
for Laguna Honda Hospital. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an 
agreement with Diane Andrews Hall for up to $80,000 to design, fabricate, 
transport and install seven artworks in tapestry and/or glass mosaic on the L 1 
level of the East Residence Building of Laguna Honda Hospital. 

7. Airport 

Susan Pontious 

Report on maintenance issues with Anemone, by Werner Klotz, and proposal to 

relocate the sculpture; and proposal to purchase and install in its place another 

sculpture, by Richard Shaw 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report on Martha H, by Richard Shaw 

Motion: Motion to authorize the purchase of Martha H. by Richard Shaw. 



(porcelain with decal overglaze, 63" x 21" x 16") for $28,000, for installation at 
San Francisco International Airport (Boarding Area C), pending approval by the 
Airport Commission. 

8. Third Street Light Rail 

Judy Moran 

Presentation of 20 final windscreen display case panels for installation on ten 

Third Street Light Rail transit platforms 

Explanatory Document: Third Street Light Rail Staff Report 

Motion: Motion to approve the final designs of 20 windscreen display case 
panels, to include ten designs by the artist team of Bill and Mary Buchen, six 
designs by the artist team of Horace Washington, Frederick Hayes and JoeSam, 
and four designs by the artist team of Anita Margrill and Nobuho Nagasawa, for 
long-term installation on ten of the Third Street Light Rail transit platforms. 

9. Broadway Streetscape 
Jill Mcmton 

Report and update on project progress 

Motion: Motion to accept a gift of restricted funds in the total amount of $30,000 
to supplement the Broadway Streetscape Project art enrichment allocation with 
the funds to be set up in an interest-bearing account that will be used exclusively 
for the art project by Brian Goggin. 

10. Promenade Ribbon Sculpture 
Jill Mcmton 

Discussion of issues and proposed test solutions for problems associated with the 

fiber optic lighting system 

Explanatory Document: Promenade Ribbon Sculpture Staff Report 

1 1 . Academy of Sciences 
Jill Mcmton 

Presentation of Maya Lin's preliminary proposal as approved by the Academy Art 
Advisory Committee 

Motion: Motion to approve Maya Lin's proposal of a suspended wire landscape 
sculpture to be based upon the Bay Area ocean floor topography and surrounding 
terrain, for installation on the west terrace of the Academy of Sciences. 

Motion: Motion to authorize Maya Lin to further develop her proposal for a 
video table which would be one piece in a series of works from her "Missing"' 
project which deals with species loss and extinction, to be installed on the east 
terrace of the Academy of Sciences. 

12. 525 Golden Gate 

Jill Mcmton 



Presentation regarding reactivation of project which had been placed on hold in 
2001. Review of new client goals, project objectives, and review of history of 
proposed art enrichment program. 
Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

Motion: Motion to authorize artist Ned Kahn to resume work on the 525 Golden 
Gate Avenue project for the Public Utilities Commission in collaboration with 
project architects and engineers to develop designs for a sculptural work that will 
assist in the energy efficiency of the building. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an 
agreement with Ned Kahn for up to $ 1 0,000 for design development of an 
artwork or series of artworks for the 525 Golden Gate Avenue project with the 
Public Utilities Commission. 

13. Junipero Serra Clubhouse 

Tonia Macneil 

Presentation of three finalists: Bella Feldman, Mark Calderon, and Mel Katz: and 

one alternate, Bean Finneran; and request for selection of one artist to create an 

artwork for the exterior facade of the Junipero Serra Clubhouse. 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

Motion: Motion to approve the selection of (artist to be named at the meeting) to 
create an artwork for Junipero Serra Clubhouse. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an 
agreement with (artist to be named at the meeting) for an amount not to exceed 
$25,000 to design, fabricate, transport and install an artwork for the exterior 
facade of the Junipero Serra Clubhouse. 

14. Argonne Playground 

Tonia Macneil 

Presentation of images of installed artwork by Joyce Hsu 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

Motion: Motion to approve the artwork entitled Incomplete Metamorphosis, by 
Joyce Hsu, as installed at Argonne Playground. 

Motion: Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection Incomplete 
Metamorphosis, two aluminum sculptures by Joyce Hsu, located at Argonne 
Playground. 

15. Harvey Milk City Hall Memorial Sculpture Competition Report 

Jill Manton 

16. New Business 



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17. Old Business 

18. Adjournment 

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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
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regular business hours. INFO: Jennifer Lowom (415) 252-2504. 

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VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 

Minutes DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

Commissioners Present: pro _ g 2007 

Leonard Hunter, Jeannene Przyblyski, Lawrence Rinder, Pop Zhao 

Absent: Dede Wilsey SAN FRANCISC0 

PUBLIC LIBRARY 
Staff Present: 

Carol Marie Daniels, Nancy Gonchar, Jennifer Lovvorn, Tonia Macneil, Jill Manton, 

Judy Moran, Richard Newirth, Susan Pontious, Meg Shiffler 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 

The meeting commenced at 3:05 p.m. 

1 . Consent 
Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection, Untitled (2004-2006), a set of six 
6' x 6' water jet-cut stainless steel panels by Irene Pijoan, installed at Victoria 
Manalo Draves Park (formerly known as SOMA Park). 

Motion: Motion to adopt the consent calendar item. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

2. Gallery Report 

Gallery Director Meg Shiffler presented a draft plan for "Art at City Hall" which 
includes a plan designating "Art Zones" within the building. Ms. Shiffler 
explained that the City Hall Building Manager requested her assistance with 
creating guidelines and clear division of responsibility for decision-making 
regarding displays of art and historical objects and ephemera within City Hall. 
Currently displays in City Hall are coordinated by various departments, 
organizations, and individuals, which has made allocating City Hall building 
resources and labor very challenging. Ms. Shiffler stated that while she will not 
be coordinating all the exhibitions throughout City Hall, she has created the 
"Art Zone" framework which clearly articulated each area's coordinator, 
number and type of exhibitions, and the related impact on the building. Ms. 
Shiffler and Director of Cultural Affairs Richard Newirth will present this plan 
to the City Hall Preservation Committee. 

Ms. Shiffler announced that a new exhibition of work by Chinese photographers 
is on view in the Lower Level of City Hall. 

Ms. Shiffler stated that the proposal for Zone 6 is of particular interest to her. 
She and Director of Cultural Affairs Richard Newirth would like to coordinate an 
Arts Commission-produced temporary project by sound artist Bill Fontana. 

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Mr. Newirth stated that the project budget is around $50,000 to $60,000 and 
will require private fundraising. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she is pleased that this proposal is being 
discussed at the Visual Arts Committee. She feels that City Hall is an important 
site. She proposed that this project be funded by the Board of Supervisors' 
supplemental allocation. She added that this project could be a seed project to 
initiate a program of art projects that interact with the architecture of City 
Hall in subtle ways. 

Regarding the Art Zones proposal, Commissioner Przyblyski stated that it makes 
sense for the Arts Commission to exert authority regarding art programming in 
City Hall. Because future administrations may not have an interest in art 
programming, she suggested that Zone 5 be designated as a community space 
that is currently being used by Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS). 

Ms. Shiffler stated that the Arts Commission does not currently have adequate 
staff to take on the coordination of Zone 5 if MONS ceases that programming. 

3. Collection Report 

Susan Pontious stated that the Commissioners were sent a staff report 
regarding the Civic Art Collection mission statement. She requested that 
Commissioners review the document and forward to her any comments and 
recommendations. Based on their feedback, she will write a draft mission 
statement for their review and approval at a future Visual Arts Committee 
meeting. She added that it would be particularly helpful to get feedback 
related to guidelines and standards for gifts to the City. 

Ms. Pontious reported that she will be meeting on behalf of the Collections 
Team with the City's Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Manager to make a 
case for the long-term capital needs of the Civic Art Collection. She stated that 
the Civic Art Collection is a substantial City asset. She added that the value of 
the artwork that has been commissioned through the Public Art Program alone 
is $40 million. The document which she will present to the CIP Manager will be 
a starting point for a reinvigorated maintenance and restoration program. The 
Collections Team has been getting cost estimates for a number of projects, 
which they will present to the Commission for prioritization and approval. The 
Collections Team is seeking approval from the Commissioners to spend up to 
$75,000 from the Board of Supervisors' supplemental funding for Civic Art 
Collection maintenance and graffiti removal. 

Project Manager Carol Marie Daniels reported on the status of the General 
Hospital inventory project. She stated that all of the artwork has been removed 
from the hospital's basement storage room and is now in Arts Commission 
storage. Collections Intern Marcus Davies has catalogued the pieces, and this 
information is now being entered into the Collections database. There are a 
number of pieces from the Collection that have yet to be located. Ms. Daniels 
stated that she will be conducting a thorough search of the hospital and other 
City departments and will have the Collection inventoried by the end of May 
2007. She added that there are a number of works in the Collection which are 
inappropriate or damaged and will be proposed for deaccession. Those works in 
the General Hospital Collection which are still on display need conservation, 
new framing and installation with security mounts. 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton stated that General Hospital will 
undergo a major renovation that will commence within the next two to three 
years. She said it makes sense to remove the artwork in preparation for the 
construction. 

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of Supervisors' supplemental funding for Civic Art Collection maintenance and 
graffiti removal. 
Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

4. Dewey Crumpler Mural at Joseph Lee Recreation Center 

Project Manager Carol Marie Daniels gave an update on the restoration of the 
Dewey Crumpler mural at Joseph Lee Recreation Center. She stated that 
Architectural Conservation Inc. consulted on the conservation approach for the 
two remaining mural panels. Their report indicated that the stucco is in good 
condition and the surface of the mural is weathered. The conservator 
recommended a three-part cleaning that will brighten up the colors. Areas of 
the mural with severe loss can be overpainted, which would require 
consultation by Dewey Crumpler. The project would require one conservator, 
one technician and a studio artist. 

Ms. Pontious stated that the Arts Commission is having fabricated a large 
porcelain enamel plaque featuring a reproduction of the mural panel that was 
destroyed as part of the renovation of the recreation center. She added that 
because Dewey Crumpler is an influential figure in the community, he will be 
invited to speak at the rededication of the mural and at other related 
community outreach events. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that the community outreach component of 
this project makes it especially fitting as a recipient of some of the Board of 
Supervisors' supplemental funds. 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton stated that the Arts Commission has 
approached Department of Public Works to investigate the possible use of a lift 
or scaffolding from the General Contractor working on the Joseph Lee 
Recreation Center. 

Motion: Motion to approve the budget of $105,000 for cleaning and 
stabilization of the Dewey Crumpler mural, Fire Next Time II, and 
commemorative plaque for Fire Next Time I, at Joseph Lee Recreation Center; 
and for the use of $44,679 of MTA grant funds pending approval of the Bayview 
Hunters Point Project Area Committee and $60,321 of Board of Supervisors 
supplemental funding to fund the project. 
Moved: Rinder/Zhao 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into 
contract with Architectural Conservation, Inc. for an amount not to exceed 
$33,000 for the restoration of Dewey Crumpler's Fire Next Time II, the exterior 
mural on the gymnasium of the Joseph P. Lee Recreation Center. 
Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

Motion: Motion to approve an honorarium payment of $5,000 to Dewey 
Crumpler for his consultation services on the restoration of Fire Next Time II, 
the exterior mural on the gymnasium of the Joseph P. Lee Recreation Center. 
Moved: Zhao/ Rinder 

5. Utility Box Murals 

Director of Cultural Affairs Richard Newirth stated that the Utility Box Mural 
Project was a priority for the Mayor a couple of years ago. The project 
coordinator (Precita Eyes Mural Association) and the Mayor's Office have spent 
the last two years working on the agreement. The project is now about to 
move forward and requires Commission design approval. The Mayor intended 
for this to be a pilot project with its future expansion in other parts of the City 
dependent upon how well these five murals are maintained. 

Public Art Program Associate Jennifer Loworn presented the mural designs for 
the following five locations: southeast corner of 24 th and Harrison Streets 

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designed by Laura Joya, Brenda Miller and Patricia Rose; northeast corner of 
24 th and Capp Streets designed by participants in the Precita Eyes Urban Youth 
Arts Program directed by Fred Alvarado and Joshua Stevenson; southwest 
corner of 24 th and Capp Streets designed by Cecilia Baeza and Celestino 
lllustrisimo; southwest corner of 24 th and Folsom Streets designed by 
participants in the Precita Eyes Muralists Kids Mural Art Workshop directed by 
Brenda Miller; and northwest corner of 24 th and Mission Streets designed by 
Peter Cordova and Vincent Jackson of Creativity Explored. 

Commissioner Hunter stated that there are examples in other cities of more 
interesting murals on utility boxes. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that if the project is to be expanded beyond 
the pilot phase, it should be a project of the Arts Commission in order to 
encourage new approaches and ensure quality. 

Commissioners directed staff to draft a letter to this effect to the Mayor. 

Motion: Motion to approve the designs for the utility box mural project 
coordinated by Precita Eyes Muralists Association for the following five 
locations: southeast corner of 24 th and Harrison Streets designed by Laura Joya, 
Brenda Miller and Patricia Rose; northeast corner of 24 th and Capp Streets 
designed by participants in the Precita Eyes Urban Youth Arts Program directed 
by Fred Alvarado and Joshua Stevenson; southwest corner of 24 th and Capp 
Streets designed by Cecilia Baeza and Celestino lllustrisimo; southwest corner 
of 24 th and Folsom Streets designed by participants in the Precita Eyes 
Muralists Kids Mural Art Workshop directed by Brenda Miller; and northwest 
corner of 24 th and Mission Streets designed by Peter Cordova and Vincent 
Jackson of Creativity Explored. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

6. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Project Manager Susan Pontious reported on the proposed design change for 
Takenobu Igarashi's terra cotta tile project for the living and dining rooms of 
the link building at Laguna Honda Hospital. When the original design for wall 
mounting of terra cotta tiles was engineered, it was determined that the tiles 
needed top and bottom mounting. This proposed installation method would not 
work with the irregularity of Mr. Takenobu's handmade tiles. The artist then 
proposed constructing a panel to which he could attach the tiles. However, 
because the wall where the work is to be installed has already been designed, 
it would be cost-prohibitive to redesign it to add the necessary structural 
support. Ms. Pontious investigated installing the tiles using a method similar to 
the one used to install Viola Frey's tiles at the Airport. Ms. Pontious stated that 
while this installation method would work, it may be more expensive as it 
requires a custom bracket and frame fabrication. Ms. Pontious's recommended 
installation method is for the artist to make thinner tiles that could be surface- 
mounted to the wall. Mr. Takenobu has decided to follow Ms. Pontious's advice 
and alter his project so that it can be surface-mounted. He is proposing a new 
tile type to better accommodate this installation method. Ms. Pontious 
presented examples of similar work by Mr. Takenobu. 

Commissioner Rinder stated that he prefers the piece Sea of Words, because it 
is less static than the other work and the frame sets it off nicely from the wall. 

Ms. Pontious gave an update on the project by Diane Andrews Hall, who was 
recently selected as an artist for Laguna Honda Hospital. Ms. Pontious reported 
that Ms. Hall was very pleased to have been selected for this project and would 
like to have her paintings translated into tapestry and mosaic. Ms. Pontious 
presented Ms. Hall's proposal for seven artworks. For the "H" wall, the artist 
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also proposes 40" by 40" mosaics for the "A," "J" and "D" walls. For the "F" wall, 
she proposes to create a tapestry that would be four feet high by up to eight 
feet long, which would feature the imagery from one of her paintings, 
Summer's Goldfinch, alongside a poem written by poet Lyn Hejinian. Two 
additional tapestries featuring cloud imagery for the "B" and "C" walls are also 
proposed. She has already met with the glass fabricator Franz Meyer to explore 
how her paintings might be translated into mosaic, and with Don Farnsworth at 
Magnolia Editions regarding fabrication of the tapestries. 

Ms. Pontious gave a report on the budget escalation of Cliff Garten's sculptural 
handrail project. She explained that while she will be seeking additional bids 
for fabrication, she believes that the major cost is related to how the artwork 
is designed and the precision that is needed. The fabrication process was 
outlined in the staff report that accompanied the agenda. Ms. Pontious added 
that she discussed the budget issue with the Executive Administrator at Laguna 
Honda Hospital. He is very supportive of the artist's proposed project and 
would like to see the project executed, if possible. After some additional 
investigation of the fabrication costs, Ms. Pontious will meet with him to 
further discuss the project's cost implications. 

Motion: Motion to approve the design revision of terra cotta wall tiles by 
Takenobu Igarashi (V1 Living, Dining Rooms) to allow for surface mounting of 
tiles to the wall. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

Motion: Motion to approve the proposal for a series of artworks by Diane 
Andrews Hall for Laguna Honda Hospital. 
Moved: Hunter/ Zhao 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an 
agreement with Diane Andrews Hall for up to $80,000 to design, fabricate, 
transport and install seven artworks in tapestry and/or glass mosaic on the L1 
level of the East Residence Building of Laguna Honda Hospital. 
Moved: Rinder/Zhao 

7. Airport 

Project Manager Susan Pontious reported that the kinetic artwork Anemone, by 
Werner Klotz, which was installed in Boarding Area C a year and a half ago, has 
been having ongoing maintenance problems. Due to the vibrations of the 
terminal where the piece was located, the motors were continually thrown out 
of alignment and have been changed twice. The piece has been relocated to 
the International Terminal, which is built using base isolator technology and 
therefore does not have the same problem with vibrations. This relocation has 
left an opening in the Boarding Area sculpture court for a new piece. Ms. 
Pontious stated that staff proposes the purchase of a ceramic figurative 
sculpture entitled Martha H by Richard Shaw. The ceramic artwork would be 
enclosed in a Plexiglas display case. She stated that staff believes that this 
artwork will have a very nice relationship with the other figurative sculptures 
in the concourse by artists Michael Stutz, Manuel Neri, Deborah Butterfield and 
Isamu Noguchi. 

Ms. Pontious continued her report and asked the Commissioners for their 
comments on the design submitted by Clare Rojas for a tile and glass mosaic 
mural for a gateroom wall. The Commissioners were pleased with the proposal. 

Ms. Pontious concluded her report by stating that there will be a selection 
panel meeting at the end of the month for the secure connector glass curtain 
project. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the purchase of Martha H, by Richard Shaw, 
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San Francisco International Airport (Boarding Area C), pending approval by the 
Airport Commission. 
Moved: Hunter/Zhao 

8. Third Street Light Rail 

Project Manager Judy Moran presented the final designs for long-term 
installation in windscreen display cases on ten Third Street Light Rail transit 
platforms. The panels, which will be approximately 4' wide by 6' tall, will be 
made from Fujiflex Crystal Archive material with UV cold lamination. There 
will be two copies made of each panel in case one needs to be replaced. 

The ten two-sided display cases will feature twenty different artist-designed 
panels by the three artist teams assigned to each section of the rail line 
(Mission Bay, Bayview, and Visitacion Valley). Each of the artist teams created 
designs compatible with themes generated at community meetings for the 
"Town Center" platforms in their neighborhoods. The Town Center platforms 
are in areas that will have the highest volume of passenger use, and therefore 
include more art elements than the standard platforms. 

For the Mission Bay/Central Waterfront platforms, the artist team of Bill and 
Mary Buchen worked with historian Nancy Olmstead and graphic designer Ari 
Solomon to create ten designs that depict the history of Mission Bay, with 
historic photographs and text and with background elements that relate to the 
design of the platform. 

For the three Bayview/ Hunters Point platforms, Horace Washington, Frederick 
Hayes, and JoeSam each developed designs for one of the three platforms 
designated for this team. Horace Washington's designs are inspired by the 
history of the shipyards, with photographs, drawings and ship names. Frederick 
Hayes's designs explain the African-inspired imagery and symbols used in the 
other platform artwork elements. JoeSam 's designs relate to the bird theme 
for the platform, featuring stylized drawings of birds. 

For the Visitacion Valley platforms, artists Anita Margrill and Nobuho Nagasawa 
each worked on one of the two platforms. Anita Margrill created two designs, 
each depicting a different native flower (poppy and thistle). Nobuho 
Nagasawa's designs relate to the moon theme of her platform, with pavers and 
the windscreen designs depicting the 28 phases of the moon. 

Commissioner Rinder asks how long these panels would be on display. Ms. 
Moran answered that they could be on display for up to ten years, depending 
on how much the panels fade. After ten years, Ms. Moran said that the 
communities or the Arts Commission may want to change the designs. 

Ms. Moran said that in addition to the 20 individual designs by the artist teams, 
there would also be 40 windscreen panels created by youth residing in 
neighborhoods along Third Street who participated in workshops with artist 
Sheila Ghidini. These youth art panels have previously been approved by the 
Arts Commission. Therefore, the total number of different windscreen panel 
designs is 60, for which the cost to fabricate two complete sets in the Fujiflex 
material would be approximately $22,000. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that it would be nice to publicize the artwork 
along Third Street by having a guided press tour that would ride along the new 
line. Ms. Moran stated that she is already working with Muni on just such an 
event. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final designs of 20 windscreen display case 
panels, to include ten designs by the artist team of Bill and Mary Buchen, six 
designs by the artist team of Horace Washington, Frederick Hayes and JoeSam, 
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long-term installation on ten of the Third Street Light Rail transit platforms. 
Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

9. Broadway Streetscape 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton gave an update on the Broadway 
Streetscape project. The Department of Public Works agreed to absorb the cost 
for the artist-designed paving elements, which consist of a series of words 
embedded into the concrete surface. Both Ms. Manton and Project Manager 
Tonia Macneil are working with the Department of Parking and Traffic to 
evaluate a variety of issues related to the installation of the artwork. Finally, 
the City Attorney and the individual who has raised over $30,000 in private 
funds for the project have come to a resolution regarding the terms of the 
artist's contract which shall be funded from a combination of art enrichment 
and privately raised funds. The $30,000 raised will be given to the City as a 
restricted gift to be placed in an interest-bearing account that will be used 
exclusively for the art project by Brian Goggin for the Broadway Columbus 
Streetscape. 

Motion: Motion to accept a gift of restricted funds in the total amount of 
$30,000 to supplement the Broadway Streetscape Project art enrichment 
allocation, with the funds to be set up in an interest-bearing account that will 
be used exclusively for the art project by Brian Goggin. 
Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

10. Promenade Ribbon Sculpture 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton reported on the issues and proposed 
test solutions for problems associated with the Promenade Ribbon Sculpture's 
fiber optic lighting system. She stated that over the past six months, staff has 
worked with an electrical contractor to examine the midsection of the Ribbon 
to identify the cause of the problems with the lighting system. The contractor 
determined that bay saltwater, from waves which break over the sea wall and 
flood the Embarcadero sidewalks, had gotten into the aboveground vaults that 
house the lighting fixtures. This resulted in the electrical service being shorted 
out and the fixtures being corroded. 

Ms. Manton presented the design for the contractor's proposed solution, which 
involves relocating the vault covers to the west side of the Ribbon facing the 
city instead of the bay. The new covers would be made of stainless steel and 
would protrude approximately one inch from the face of the vault. The louvers 
for air intake would be placed at a higher level at the top of the vault. The 
contractor proposes to install one new panel as a test solution in a specified 
location and to fit the vault with water detectors to determine whether the 
panel has been successful in keeping water out. The cost of the proposed test 
to waterproof the vaults and to check the water detectors on two occasions is 
$3,380. The cost to apply this solution to the entire mid-section of the Ribbon 
would be approximately $50,000 to $70,000. Ms. Manton stated that there 
would be some cost savings because there are six lighting fixtures in storage 
which were salvaged from a previous alteration to the Ribbon in a different 
location. Because the design of the proposed solution would visually impact the 
sculpture, Ms. Manton stated that she would consult with the Ribbon artist 
team to determine whether this solution is advisable. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that finding a solution for this problem is 
important, especially now as it is in Chronicle Watch. She looks forward to an 
update at a future meeting. 

1 1 . Academy of Sciences 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton presented Maya Lin's preliminary 
proposal for the Academy of Sciences as approved by the Academy Art Advisory 
Committee. Ms. Lin's proposal consists of two separate artworks to be located 
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proposes to create a suspended wire sculpture, approximately 40' x 80,' to be 
based on the topology of the bay floor and surrounding land forms. The 
artwork, to be fabricated from either aluminum or titanium, would compliment 
the California Exhibit that is located adjacent to the East Terrace. For the West 
Terrace, she proposes a video table that will be approximately 7' by 15'. The 
title for the video table is Missing and it is about extinction. Ms. Lin created an 
approximate storyboard for the video. She is researching plasma screen 
technology and video artworks and has consulted renowned documentary 
filmmaker Ed Burns and the exhibition design firm Think. Ms. Manton explained 
that there was some concern by the panelists about the scale of the table, and 
questions about the light levels, visibility and the orientation of the text. 

As a panelist, Commissioner Przyblyski felt that the Academy Art Advisory 
Committee meeting went well. She stated that the wire sculpture is part of a 
series of sculptures based on an earlier work done by the artist. She reported 
that the committee was pleased about the siting of the piece. Commissioner 
Przyblyski explained that the video table is still in development. She stated 
that Ms. Lin mentioned that the video piece could also be displayed vertically 
on a wall. Commissioner Przyblyski supports approving the direction for both 
projects. She feels that Ms. Lin will find a good solution for the video piece 
once she has had more time to work on it. 

Commissioner Rinder agreed that the video table has unresolved issues and said 
that he would provide information regarding other artists who have worked 
with video projections using multiple surfaces and/or orientations as a 
reference for the artist. 

Motion: Motion to approve Maya Lin's proposal of a suspended wire landscape 

sculpture to be based upon the Bay Area ocean floor topography and 

surrounding terrain, for installation on the East Terrace of the Academy of 

Sciences. 

Moved: Rinder/ Hunter 

Motion: Motion to authorize Maya Lin to further develop her proposal for a 
video table which would be one piece in a series of works from her Missing 
project, which deals with species loss and extinction, to be installed on the 
West Terrace of the Academy of Sciences. 
Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

12. 525 Golden Gate 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton reported on the reactivation of the 
project at 525 Golden Gate which had been placed on hold in 2001 . At that 
time, the Arts Commission had conducted a competition to select three artists 
(Anna Valentina Murch, Ned Kahn and Paul Kos) for the project. Each artist was 
given a budget of $300,000 to develop projects that complemented or 
enhanced the premise of a "Green Building," possibly utilizing recycled 
materials or contributing in some way to the quality of the environment within 
the building. All work on the project was stopped in April 2002 due to a lack of 
funding for the project. Each artist was paid for the work done to date and 
their contracts were closed. 

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) purchased the building 
from the City in July 2006 and entered into contract with the original building 
architects to complete design development. The building will become the new 
headquarters of the SFPUC when complete. The PUC's objective is to design a 
building that will generate much, if not all, of the energy needed to operate 
the building itself. 

Ms. Manton reported that Department of Public Works Project Manager Edgar 
Lopez had been contacted by the project architects about further development 
and incorporation of Ned Kahn's work into the building design. With the PUC's 

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objective to develop a green, sustainable and self-sufficient building, the 
architects are eager to have the project benefit from Mr. Kahn's renown for his 
synthesis of art, science and function. 

Edgar Lopez has introduced Ned Kahn and his concepts to the PUC executive 
management, who are extremely enthusiastic about his continued participation 
and exploration of other building components such as solar panels. 

Ms. Manton presented Mr. Kahn's preliminary proposal for a sculptural wind 
turbine system which would be integrated into a glass tower on the north 
facade of the building. 

Motion: Motion to authorize artist Ned Kahn to resume work on the 525 Golden 
Gate Avenue project for the Public Utilities Commission in collaboration with 
project architects and engineers to develop designs for a sculptural work that 
will assist in the energy efficiency of the building. 
Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an 
agreement with Ned Kahn for up to $10,000 for design development of an 
artwork or series of artworks for the 525 Golden Gate Avenue project with the 
Public Utilities Commission. 
Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

13. Junipero Serra Clubhouse 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil presented the site plan for Junipero Serra 
Clubhouse, which is located at 300 Stonecrest Drive near Stonestown. She 
stated that at its September 2006 meeting, the Visual Arts Committee 
approved the art enrichment approach to place an artwork on the wall above 
the entry doors overlooking the ball field. The project will have a budget of up 
to $25,000. In accordance with the Art Enrichment Guidelines for selection of 
artists for projects less than $50,000, staff selected artists by invitation and 
from the prequalified pool for review by the client and project architect. Ms. 
Macneil presented the images of past artwork by the candidates she had 
identified in conjunction with the project architect and client (Bella Feldman, 
Mark Calderon, and Mel Katz) and the alternate (Bean Finneran). 

Commissioners stated that they prefer the work of Bean Finneran. They like the 
bright colors and amusing pom-pom shapes. 

Motion: Motion to approve the selection of Bean Finneran to create an artwork 
for Junipero Serra Clubhouse. 
Moved: Hunter/Zhao 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an 
agreement with Bean Finneran for an amount not to exceed $25,000 to design, 
fabricate, transport and install an artwork for the exterior facade of the 
Junipero Serra Clubhouse. 
Moved: Zhao/ Hunter 

14. Argonne Playground 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil reported that the two sculptures entitled 
Incomplete Metamorphosis, by Joyce Hsu, were installed at Argonne 
Playground on November 27, 2006. The silver-painted aluminum sculptures 
depict a giant dragonfly and a firefly. The pieces are mounted so that they 
cantilever off the fence posts near the entrances to the playground at a height 
of approximately 14.' Ms. Macneil presented images of the installed artwork. 

Commissioners were pleased with the artwork. 

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Joyce Hsu, as installed at Argonne Playground. 
Moved: Rinder/ Hunter 

Motion: Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection Incomplete 

Metamorphosis, two aluminum sculptures by Joyce Hsu, located at Argonne 

Playground. 

Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

1 5. Harvey Milk City Hall Memorial Sculpture Competition Report 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton gave an update on the Harvey Milk City 
Hall Memorial Sculpture Competition. She stated that the artists will submit 
their proposal maquettes on January 4, 2007. The maquettes will be on display 
for public viewing and comment in San Francisco City Hall's Van Ness Avenue 
lobby from Wednesday through Friday, January 10, 11, and 12, and Tuesday 
January 16. The Mayor is holding a press conference for the competition on 
January 10. There will be a reception that evening from 5:30 to 7:30. 
Commissioner Przyblyski is on the selection panel, along with Jewelle Gomez 
(poet, Library Commissioner and Program Officer at Horizons Foundation), 
Dugald Stermer (artist, educator and former San Francisco Arts Commissioner), 
Gary Nathan (Spectrum publisher, and Harvey Milk City Hall Memorial 
Committee member), and Dan Nicoletta (Harvey Milk City Hall Memorial 
Committee member and friend of Harvey Milk). The public will be invited to 
submit written commentary about each of the maquettes displayed. The 
selection panel will reconvene to select the winning proposal after reviewing 
the maquettes and the public commentary. The winner will be announced in 
March or April of 2007 and will be given a full year to complete the finished 
sculpture. A free public unveiling of the finished sculpture in City Hall is being 
tentatively planned with a targeted date of Harvey Milk's birthday, May 22, 
2008. 

16. New Business 

There was no new business. 

17. Old Business 

Public Art Program Director Jill Mantonpresented the models by the three 
finalists for an artwork at Moscone Recreation Center. She reported that Brian 
Goggin's proposal received the majority of votes from the selection panel as 
well as from the public commentary. But the Recreation and Parks Department 
had a number of concerns about it which include: 1. that it may be climbable 
and that the lifeguard seat, steering wheel and telescope will be a great 
temptation to climbing; 2. that someone may lasso the cantilevered 
illuminated globe and pull it down or hang from it; 3. that the artwork does not 
relate to the history, programs or uses of the center; and 4. that the artwork 
obscures the sightlines from properties located across the street from the 
recreation center. Ms. Manton pointed out that there are numerous tall lighting 
pole structures already on the grounds of the Recreation Center which don't 
appear to obstruct the sightlines. Ms. Manton stated that she has conveyed 
these concerns to the artist and he will consider how best to address these 
issues through design modifications. 

Ms. Manton added that the selection panel recommended a number of 
modifications: 1. the sculpture should be made unclimbable; 2. the objects of 
interest should be moved lower; 3. perhaps the lifeguard seat should be made 
miniature and 4. the artist needs to tighten up his metaphors and visual 
language. 

Ms. Manton wonders whether she needs to do additional community outreach 
to address these concerns. 

Director of Cultural Affairs Richard Newirth stated that these concerns are 
likely coming from Recreation and Parks staff, and not the community. 

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As a selection panel member, Commissioner Hunter stated that the panel 
worked well together. He stated that the panel decided that the concerns 
would be addressed by the artist. He expressed concern that other staff from 
Recreation and Parks, who were not involved in the selection, are now 
attempting to influence the process. 

Commissioner Przyblyskistated that Mr. Goggin needs to further develop his 
proposal to address the safety concerns. She also suggested that he refine how 
the sculpture meets the ground. She agrees that it is a good idea to put the 
interesting elements at ground level. She added that after the artist has 
satisfactorily addressed these concerns, the Arts Commission needs to reassert 
the process and emphasize its charter authority over the selection of artwork. 
She stated that both the Troy Corliss piece at Upper Noe Valley Recreation 
Center and the Joyce Hsu piece at Argonne Playground are successful examples 
of elevated artworks. 

18. Adjournment 

As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:10 p.m. 
Submitted by Jennifer Loworn, Public Art Program Associate 
Approved by Richard Newirth, Director of Cultural Affairs 

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VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 
Wednesday, January 17, 2007 DOCUMENTS DEPT 

3:00 p.m. 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 JAN 1 2 2007 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Agenda 01-12-0 vD 

1. Consent 

1 . Motion to increase the total amount of the Municipal Railway Metro East 
Light Rail Vehicle Maintenance and Operation Facility fabrication 
contract with the artist team of Anita Margrill and Nobuho Nagasawa 
from a total not-to-exceed amount of $ 1 40.000 to a new total not-to- 
exceed amount of $160,000. to fund the increased costs of final computer- 
aided design (CAD) drawings, fabrication and transportation of the 
artwork curtainwall insulated glass units. 

2. Motion to approve the four mosaic sidewalk marker designs by Susan 
Cervantes inspired by the Twenty Day Signs of the Aztec Calendar and 
funded by the Fleishhacker Foundation for the following three locations: 
two markers at Precita Eyes Mural Center at 298 1 24 th Street; one marker 
at La Gallinita Market at 24 th and Harrison; and one marker at the Mission 
Neighborhood Center at 3013 24 th Street. 

3. Motion to approve the temporary installation titled ReCycle Ryoan-ji, by 
Judith Selby Lang, which is an 18' by 55* replica of the Ryoan-ji Garden 
in Kyoto. Japan, created using recycled materials, to be located on the 
west side of Civic Center Plaza for ten days from April 14 through 
April 24. 2007. 

2. Gallery Report 

Meg Shiffler 

Presentation of January exhibition and discussion of revised mission statement 

Motion: Motion to approve honoraria payments to the following artists for 
participating in the gallery exhibition Lucky Day on view from January 25 
through March 24. 2007: Michael Anderson ($400); Claude Zervas ($300); Chris 
McCaw ($300); and Daniel Tierney ($700). 

3. Collection Report — Lucien Labaudt Collection and Jewelry Collection 

Sarah Lenoue 

Report on Lucien Labaudt Collection and Exhibition at the Airport Museum of 

the Jewelry Collection and the Art Festival 

4. Collections Report 

Susan Portions 

Explanatory Document: Spending Plan for $75,000 Supplemental Funds 



Motion: Motion to approve the budget and project list of artworks to be 
conserved with the $75,000 Board of Supervisors supplemental funding. 

5. Rolph Playground and Potrero del Sol Park 

Judy Moran 

Presentation of a preliminary artwork proposal by artist Isis Rodriguez for the 

main entrance gates at both the Rolph Playground and the Potrero del Sol Park 

Motion: Motion to approve the preliminary artwork proposal by artist Isis 
Rodriguez for the main entrance gates at both the Rolph Playground and the 
Potrero del Sol Park and to authorize the artist to proceed to final design of the 
artwork. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a 
contract with artist Isis Rodriguez (DBA Good Huevos) for final design, 
fabrication and transportation of artworks for the Rolph Playground and the 
Potrero del Sol Park for a total contract amount not to exceed $34,000. 

6. Branch Library Improvement Program — Glen Park Branch Library 

Judy Moran 

Presentation of the final design by the artist team of Reddy Lieb and Linda 

Raynsford for an artwork to be installed at the Glen Park Branch Library. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final design by the artist team of Reddy Lieb and 
Linda Raynsford for an artwork to be installed at the Glen Park Branch Library 
and to authorize the artist team to proceed to fabrication of the artwork. 

7. Art on Market Street Program 

Judy Moran 

Presentation of two revised and one new Art on Market Street 2007 Program 

project proposals 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised artwork proposal by artist Helena Keeffe 
for a kiosk poster series working with Muni bus drivers for the Art on Market 
Street 2007 Program. 



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Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a 
contract with artist Helena Keeffe in an amount not to exceed $1 8.000 for design 
(in collaboration with Muni bus drivers) and printing of posters for temporary 
exhibition in 24 kiosks on Market Street between Van Ness and the Embarcadero 
as part of the Art on Market Street 2007 Program. 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised artwork proposal by the artist team of 
Steve Lambert and Packard Jennings for posters for 24 kiosks illustrating visions 
of future transportation possibilities in the Bay Area, a related pamphlet and 
additional programmatic activities for the Art on Market Street 2007 Program. 



Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a 
contract with the artist team of Steve Lambert and Packard Jennings in an amount 
not to exceed $25,000 for the research, design, and printing of posters for 
temporary exhibition in 24 kiosks on Market Street between Van Ness and the 
Embarcadero. production of a related pamphlet, and additional related 
programmatic activities for the Art on Market Street 2007 Program. 

Motion: Motion to approve an artwork proposal by artist Chris Cobb to work 
with the Prelinger Library to create a kiosk poster series and related programmatic 
activities for the Art on Market Street 2007 Program. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a 
contract with artist Chris Cobb in an amount not to exceed $20,000 for the 
research, design, and printing of posters for temporary exhibition in 24 kiosks on 
Market Street between Van Ness and the Embarcadero with related programmatic 
activities for the Art on Market Street 2007 Program. 

8. Airport 
Susan Pontious 

Explanatory Document: Image of artwork proposal by Hung Liu 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised proposal by Hung Liu for an artwork for a 
gate room wall at San Francisco International Airport. 

Motion: Motion to approve the proposal by Clare Rojas for an artwork for a gate 
room wall in the International Terminal of San Francisco International Airport 
pending Airport Commission approval. 

9. New Business 

10. Old Business 

1 1 . Adjournment 

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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available lor public inspection and copying at the Arts 
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VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 
Wednesday, January 1 7, 2007 

3:00 p.m. 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



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DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
FEB - 6 2007 

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Commissioners Present:, Jeannene Przyblyski, Lawrence Rinder, Pop Zhao 
Absent: Leonard Hunter, Dede Wilsey 

Staff Present: 

Dana Hemenway, Nancy Gonchar, Sarah Lenoue, Jennifer Lovvorn, Tonia Macneil, 
Judy Moran, Richard Newirth, Susan Pontious 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 

The meeting commenced at 3:03 p.m. 

1 . Consent 

1 . Motion to increase the total amount of the Municipal Railway Metro East 
Light Rail Vehicle Maintenance and Operation Facility fabrication 
contract with the artist team of Anita Margrill and Nobuho Nagasawa 
from a total not-to-exceed amount of $140,000 to a new total not-to- 
exceed amount of $160,000, to fund the increased costs of final 
computer-aided design (CAD) drawings, fabrication and transportation of 
the artwork curtainwall insulated glass units. 

2. Motion to approve the four mosaic sidewalk marker designs by Susan 
Cervantes inspired by the Twenty Day Signs of the Aztec Calendar and 
funded by the Fleishhacker Foundation for the following three locations: 
two markers at Precita Eyes Mural Center at 2981 24 th Street; one 
marker at La Gallinita Market at 24 th and Harrison; and one marker at 
the Mission Neighborhood Center at 3013 24 th Street. 

3. Motion to approve the temporary installation titled ReCycle Ryoan-ji, by 
Judith Selby Lang, which is an 18' by 55' replica of the Ryoan-ji Garden 
in Kyoto, Japan, created using recycled materials, to be located on the 
west side of Civic Center Plaza for ten days from April 14 through 

April 24, 2007. 

Motion: Motion to adopt the consent calendar items. 
Moved: Rinder/Zhao 

2. Gallery Report 

Gallery Manager Dana Hemenway presented the proposed exhibition, Lucky 
Day, which includes the following artists: Michael Anderson, Gretchen Bennett, 
Spencer Finch, Euan Macdonald, Chris McCaw, Claude Zervas and Daniel 
Tierney. Ms. Hemmenway stated that the exhibition would be on display in the 
Gallery and Grove Street Windows from January 25-March 24, 2007, with an 
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exhibition considers that the representation of site is bound with the 
experiences had there. Each artist in this exhibition had an experience that 
provoked them to seek, capture and record bits and pieces of a specific place. 
The exhibited works represent locations in terms of the transient nature of 
each artist's personal connection to the landscape. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that the exhibition has a nice mix of local and 
national artists. 

Motion: Motion to approve honoraria payments to the following artists for 
participating in the gallery exhibition Lucky Day on view from January 25 
through March 24, 2007: Michael Anderson ($400); Claude Zervas ($300); Chris 
McCaw ($300); and Daniel Tierney ($700). 
Moved: Rinder/Zhao 

3. Collections Report — Lucien Labaudt Collection and Jewelry Collection 

Collection Program Intern Marcus Davies gave a report on the collection of the 
estate of Lucien Labaudt. He stated that Mr. Labaudt was a historically 
important artist to the City of San Francisco. He contributed to the Coit Tower 
mural project and painted frescos at the Beach Chalet. Mr. Davies reported 
that the Arts Commission has over 1,000 objects in the Lucien Labaudt 
Collection, which run the gamut from paintings and drawings to personal 
ephemera. The collection was donated to the Arts Commission in 1984 by the 
artist's widow, and to date there has been no complete inventory. Mr. Davies 
stated that there are various challenges that this collection presents: 1. There 
are boxes of smaller works which are not inventoried and do not have accession 
numbers; 2. There are a number of works on rolled paper, which shouldn't be 
opened without a conservator present; 3. There are paintings which need 
conservation; and 4. There are a number of works which are inappropriate for 
display in government buildings because they depict religious themes or female 
nudes. 

Mr. Davies made the following recommendations: 1 . The collection needs a 
complete inventory; 2. The Arts Commission should investigate possible venues 
for long-term loans; 3. The entire collection should be documented; and 4. 
Certain pieces from the collection could be displayed in cases in City Hall. Mr. 
Davies stated that it has not been determined whether the estate wanted the 
collection to stay together. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that the challenges that this collection presents 
may be indicative of why the City is not the best repository for art collections. 
She suggested that a research venue might be a better location for this 
collection. In general, rather than accepting artworks into the Civic Art 
Collections, she stated that the Arts Commission may do better to help 
facilitate finding a proper institution to house them. She added that these 
concerns also make clear that it is very important for the Arts Commission to 
have a Collections Program Manager on staff. 

Project Manager Susan Pontious added that with the new Arts Commission 
Development Director starting soon, the Collections Program may be able to 
pursue a conservation grant. 

The Commissioners stated that they applaud the work that has been done on 
assessing this collection. They recommended that there be a permanent Civic 
Art Collections Manager, and that the first duty for this person would be to 
inventory the Collections and prioritize the conservation projects. The 
Commissioners stated that it is important to manage the City's patrimony 
according to best practices nationwide. 

Collection Program Intern Jaime Schwartz gave a follow-up report on the 
Jewelry Collection, which has items that either are missing or have unknown 

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locations. She distributed a report with a timeline that indicates when and 
where each piece was last seen. She stated that the missing items may be with 
their respective artists, at another institution where they were last displayed, 
such as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, or they may be lost or stolen. 
Ms. Schwartz recommends that the Arts Commission first conduct a thorough 
search of its storage facilities for these pieces, then contact the organization 
or institution where the item was last seen, and finally, only if necessary, 
contact the artist. After there has been an exhaustive search for the missing 
items, the Arts Commission should file an official report that lists the missing 
items as stolen art. 

She added that it is important that the Commission establish policies and 
procedures to handle the current situation and to keep it from occurring in the 
future. 

Ms. Schwartz also presented a brief estimate of up to $2,600 to photograph, 
conserve, and update the storage for the Jewelry Collection. She stated that 
many of these pieces will soon be on display at the San Francisco Airport. 

Commissioner Przyblyski suggested that these costs be included in the budget 
for the San Francisco Airport Museum as part of responsibly preparing for the 
exhibition. 

The Commissioners stated that Ms. Schwartz has done a great job assessing the 
Jewelry Collection. They directed staff to vigorously pursue the missing works 
in the most professional way possible. 

4. Collections Report 

Project Manager Susan Pontious presented the spending plan for the $75,000 
Board of Supervisors' Supplemental Funds. The plan is as follows: 1. $29,600 to 
clean, repair, and wax the monuments to Juan Bautista de Anza and King 
Carlos III; 2. $15,000 to clean wall and mirrors and replace two broken mirrors 
on Constellation, by Naland Blake, at the Main Library; 3. $10,000 to replace 
two broken glass lights in Cloud Dragons, by Al Wong, at Fire Station #2 in 
Chinatown; 4. $10,500 to remove graffiti on King and Queen, by Martha 
Heavenston, and replace missing tiles on the artwork by Johanna Poethig at 
Tenderloin Recreation Center; and 5. $3,390 to hire a consultant to create a 
graffiti removal manual and train City staff at Department of Public Works to 
perform this duty on certain artworks. The plan includes a contingency of 
$6,510. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that the plan has a nice balance of 
neighborhood projects and large-scale works. She added that staff should 
provide the estimate for Tenderloin Recreation Center graffiti removal to the 
Recreation and Parks Department for informational purposes relative to the tile 
project that was placed in the pocket park on York Street without Arts 
Commission approval. She stated that the Arts Commission will not be 
responsible for maintenance of this work. 

Motion: Motion to approve the budget and project list of artworks to be 
conserved with the $75,000 Board of Supervisors supplemental funding. 
Moved: Rinder/Zhao 

5. Rolph Playground and Potrero del Sol Park 

Project Manager Judy Moran presented the preliminary artwork proposal by 
artist Isis Rodriguez for the main entrance gates at both the Rolph Playground 
and the Potrero del Sol Park. In accordance with the Art Enrichment Guidelines 
for selection of artists for projects with budgets less than $50,000, staff 
selected Isis Rodriguez from the prequalified pool. Ms. Moran stated that 
because the budget is so small, Public Art Program Director Jill Manton 
recommended that one artist do a similar treatment to the gates at both 
locations, which are directly opposite each other on Potrero Boulevard. The 

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artist proposes to create two identical laser-cut "drawings" of a family, which 
would each be attached to the top of one of the entrance gates at each site. 

Because the community is requesting colorful artwork, Ms. Moran will explore 
with the artist how best to achieve multiple colors on a galvanized steel, 
powder-coated steel surface. Ms. Moran reported that the artist is proposing to 
laser-cut the drawings rather than hand-roll the metal, which is very time- 
consuming. Ms. Moran stated that if the Commissioners prefer the look of the 
hand-rolled metal, she will communicate this fact to the artist. 

Commissioner Rinder stated that he prefers the look of the hand-rolled metal, 
and feels that it is a better option since it would allow for variations in each of 
the two sculptural drawings. 

Commissioner Przyblyski agreed and stated that the Commissioners would 
support supplementing the budget so that the artist will be able to produce 
hand-rolled pieces. She added that if the artist wants to pursue laser cutting, 
the Commissioners would need to approve a sample. 

Motion: Motion to approve the preliminary artwork proposal by artist Isis 
Rodriguez for metal gate enhancements, with a stated fabrication preference 
of rolled metal over laser-cut metal, requiring approval of a laser-cut steel 
sample for final design, and a requirement for a variation in the design for 
each of the two sites, for installation on the main entrance gates at both the 
Rolph Playground and the Potrero del Sol Park, and to authorize the artist to 
proceed to final design of the artwork. 
Moved: Zhao/ Rinder 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a 
contract with artist Isis Rodriguez (DBA Good Huevos) for final design, 
fabrication and transportation of artworks for the Rolph Playground and the 
Potrero del Sol Park for a total contract amount not to exceed $34,000. 
Moved: Rinder/Zhao 

6. Branch Library Improvement Program — Glen Park Branch Library 

Project Manager Judy Moran presented the final design by the artist team of 
Reddy Lieb and Linda Raynsford for an artwork to be installed at the Glen Park 
Branch Library. She stated that the artist team's preliminary proposal was 
presented and approved by the Visual Arts Committee at its September 2006 
meeting. She presented sample elements for the artwork made with the 
following materials and techniques: painted metal and glass; silkscreened 
metal and glass; and cut and painted metal. She stated that the artists did 
extensive research in Glen Park for the artwork. The imagery is inspired by 
Glen Park and the piece will feature poetry by Beat poet Diane di Prima, who 
lives in the neighborhood. All the individual elements will be attached to the 
wall separately, with the lower elements flush against the wall and the higher 
elements set off from the wall. 

Commissioner Rinder asked if the elements with text and photographic imagery 
installed high on the wall would be legible. 

Ms. Moran stated that she will discuss this with the artists and ensure that no 
element is illegible. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she is concerned that when the glass 
elements are mounted flush to the wall, they will lose their unique transparent 
quality. She also inquired whether the piece would be difficult to maintain. 

Ms. Moran said that only a small portion of the elements at the very bottom of 
the artwork would be flush against the wall to prevent vandalism, and that the 
materials all are easily cleaned. 

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Project Manager Susan Pontious stated that the most difficult maintenance 
issue facing this artwork is reaching the higher elements. 

Commissioner Rinder stated that the composition has a dynamic flow and will 
read well from both up close and far away. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final design by the artist team of Reddy Lieb 

and Linda Raynsford for an artwork to be installed at the Glen Park Branch 

Library and to authorize the artist team to proceed to fabrication of the 

artwork. 

Moved: Rinder/Zhao 

7. Art on Market Street Program 

Project Manager Judy Moran presented revised project proposals by Helena 
Keeffe and the artist team of Packard Jennings and Steve Lambert for the Art 
on Market Street 2007 Program. Ms. Moran stated that she worked closely with 
the artists in the further development and revision of their proposals to 
increase the likelihood that the final proposals would be interesting and 
appropriate. Ms. Moran reported that Chris Cobb had not submitted a proposal 
prior to the meeting, as expected. 

For her project, Helena Keeffe decided to focus on working with Muni drivers 
to produce annotated maps for display as posters on Market Street. Ms. Keeffe 
proposes to interview six drivers to create an original map design for each of 
their routes, with personal comments and observations, and supplemented by 
graphic drawings made by the artist. Ms. Moran reported that the Marketing 
Department at Muni was excited about the project. In additional to the 
posters, the artist may produce placards for display for the interior or exterior 
of some of the buses on the Market Street route. 

Packard Jennings and Steve Lambert have revised their proposal to focus on a 
multi-phased process that begins with a symposium of transportation experts 
and planners, and culminates with a poster design and public forum on future 
transportation ideas co-sponsored with an appropriate organization. The artists 
also propose to produce a small run of a modest publication incorporating some 
of the information compiled during the previous research phases. 

The Commissioners stated that the revised proposals are more focused and 
seem interesting. They liked the idea that the Arts Commission might 
collaborate with another organization on producing the transportation forum. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that for projects like this, which can initially be 
very open-ended, it helps when staff provides direction to the artists. 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised artwork proposal by artist Helena Keeffe 
for a kiosk poster series working with Muni bus drivers for the Art on Market 
Street 2007 Program. 
Moved: Zhao /Rinder 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a 
contract with artist Helena Keeffe in an amount not to exceed $18,000 for 
design (in collaboration with Muni bus drivers) and printing of posters for 
temporary exhibition in 24 kiosks on Market Street between Van Ness and the 
Embarcadero as part of the Art on Market Street 2007 Program. 
Moved: Rinder/Zhao 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised artwork proposal by the artist team of 
Steve Lambert and Packard Jennings for posters for 24 kiosks illustrating visions 
of future transportation possibilities in the Bay Area, a related pamphlet and 
additional programmatic activities for the Art on Market Street 2007 Program. 

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Moved: Zhao/Rinder 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a 
contract with the artist team of Steve Lambert and Packard Jennings in an 
amount not to exceed $25,000 for the research, design, and printing of posters 
for temporary exhibition in 24 kiosks on Market Street between Van Ness and 
the Embarcadero, production of a related pamphlet, and additional related 
programmatic activities for the Art on Market Street 2007 Program. 
Moved: Rinder/Zhao 

The following motion was removed. 

Motion: Motion to approve an artwork proposal by artist Chris Cobb to work 
with the Prelinger Library to create a kiosk poster series and related 
programmatic activities for the Art on Market Street 2007 Program. 

The following motion was removed. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a 
contract with artist Chris Cobb in an amount not to exceed $20,000 for the 
research, design, and printing of posters for temporary exhibition in 24 kiosks 
on Market Street between Van Ness and the Embarcadero with related 
programmatic activities for the Art on Market Street 2007 Program. 

8. Airport 

Project Manager Susan Pontious presented an image of the revised artwork 
proposal by Hung Liu. The proposal was modified to reposition the two smaller 
outer panels slightly away from the large central panel. 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised proposal by Hung Liu for an artwork for 
a gateroom wall at San Francisco International Airport. 
Moved: Rinder/Zhao 

Motion: Motion to approve the proposal by Clare Rojas for an artwork for a 
gateroom wall in the International Terminal of San Francisco International 
Airport pending Airport Commission approval. 
Moved: Rinder/Zhao 

9. New Business 

There was no new business. 

10. Old Business 

There was no old business. 

11. Adjournment 

As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:26 p.m. 
Submitted by Jennifer Lovvorn, Public Art Program Associate 
Approved by Richard Newirth, Director of Cultural Affairs 

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February 21 Meeting Cancelled 



VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 

3:00 p.m. 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



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The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person (s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Administrator, 
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Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by 
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SPECIAL MEETING OF THE _ _ _ 

VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE DOCUMENTS DEPT 

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Fc - D 

3:30 p.m. ht6 23 2007 

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1. Consent 

1 . Motion to approve the six final designs for reproduction for an Art on 
Market Street kiosk poster series by the artist team of Amanda Hughen 
and Jennifer Starkweather with writer David Buuck, scheduled for 
exhibition from March 12 to June 7, 2007, and to approve the preliminary 
design by the artist team of a catalog related to the exhibition for 
publication and public distribution. 
• 2. Motion to increase the contract amount with Joyce Hsu from $23,500 to a 
new amount not to exceed $25,713 to compensate the artist for additional 
work on the artwork for Argonne Playground. 

2. City Hall Sound Project 

Richard Newirth and artist Bill Fontana 

Presentation of proposed sound art installation in City Hall 

Motion: Motion to approve an honorarium payment in an amount not to exceed 
$5,000 for further research and development of Spiraling Echoes, a sound art 
piece by artist Bill Fontana to be installed in City Hall in August through October, 
2007. 

3. Policy Discussion — Public Art Ideas and Opportunities 

Jill Manton 

Brainstorming session with Commissioners regarding Public Art ideas and 

opportunities 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

4. Gallery Report 

Meg Shiffler 

Discussion of draft mission statement 

Motion: Motion to approve a payment in the amount of $4,000 to PhotoAlliance 
for co-curating four exhibitions for the 2007 Art at City Hall program with the 
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (City Hall, Lower Level), which will be 
issued in four installments of $1000 each (one for each exhibition) within the next 
12 months. 

Motion: Motion to approve an honorarium payment in the amount of $700 to 



Derek Powazek for co-curating the upcoming exhibition JPG: A Photography 
Revolution, on display in the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery from April 
13 through June 16, 2007. 

5. Collections Report 

Nancy Gonchar 

6. Hamilton Pool and Recreation Center 

Tonia Macneil 

Presentation of Conceptual Proposal by Horace Washington of artwork for the 

Hamilton Pool and Recreation Center 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

Motion: Motion to approve the Conceptual Proposal by Horace Washington of a 
work of art for Hamilton Pool and Recreation Center. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a 
contract with Horace Washington for an amount not to exceed $145,000 for the 
completion of design, fabrication, transportation, and installation of an artwork 
for the Hamilton Pool and Recreation Center. 

7. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Susan Pontious 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised proposal by Owen Smith for an artwork 
for the "H" walls at Laguna Honda Hospital 

Motion: Motion to increase Diane Andrews Hall's contract amount from $80,000 
to $87,000 for payment of an artist fee comparable to other Laguna Honda 
Hospital artists. 

8. South East Community Facility Founders' Mural 

Jill Manton 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

Motion: Motion to approve the mural design by Santie Huckaby featuring the 
South East Community Facility Founders to be installed near the entrance to the 
facility at 1800 Oakdale Avenue. 

9. Harvey Milk Commemorative Sculpture in City Hall 

Jill Manton 

Motion: Motion to accept the selection panel's recommendation of (artist to be 
announced at the meeting) for the Harvey Milk Commemorative Sculpture in City 
Hall. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an 



agreement with (artist to be announced at the meeting) in an amount not to exceed 
$57,500 for design, fabrication and transportation of a commemorative sculpture 
of Harvey Milk for City Hall. 

10. New Art Enrichment — Randall Museum 

Jill Manton 

Discussion and possible sites and approaches 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

Motion: Motion to authorize staff to proceed to announce a competition for 
artwork for two exterior sites at the Randall Museum with a budget of $50,000 
each. 

1 1. Moscone Center West 
Jill Manton 

Diller + Scofidio update and discussion of options 

12. Jay DeFeo Painting 

Jill Manton 

Discussion regarding Jay DeFeo painting Masquerade in Black 

13. Proposed Gift to the City 
Jill Manton 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

Motion: Motion to accept the staff recommendation to decline with gratitude the 
gift of sculpture from Alberto Cristini. 

14. New Business 

15. Old Business 

16. Adjournment 

2/15/2007 



Notices 

Explanatory documents are available lor public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office. 25 Van Ness Avenue. Suite 240. San Francisco, (A 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Jennifer Lovvorn (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or dining consideration 
of the item. 



Hie ringing of and use of cell, phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Piease be advised that the Chair may order the 
removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell 
phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local, legislative or 
administrative action, may he required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to register 
and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please 
contact the Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness. Suite 220. San. Francisco. C.A. 94102 - 
telephone (41.5) 252-3100. fax (415) 252-3.1 12 and website. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 
Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the public. 
Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to 
conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted 
before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review. For more 
information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a violation of the 
ordinance, contact Frank Darby by mail to Interim Administrator. Sunshine Ordinance 
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February 28 Special Meeting 

SPECIAL MEETING OF THE 

VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 

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Commissioners Present: Jeannene Przyblyski, Leonard Hunter, Dede Wilsey, Pop 

Zhao 

Absent: Lawrence Rinder 

Staff Present: Nancy Gonchar, Jennifer Lovvorn, Tonia Macneil, Jill Manton, Judy 
Moran, Richard Newirth, Susan Pontious, Jaime Schwartz, Meg Shiffler 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 

The meeting commenced at 3:40 p.m. 

1 . Consent 

1 . Motion to approve the six final designs for reproduction for an Art on 
Market Street kiosk poster series by the artist team of Amanda 
Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather with writer David Buuck, scheduled 
for exhibition from March 12 to June 7, 2007, and to approve the 
preliminary design by the artist team of a catalog related to the 
exhibition for publication and public distribution. 

2. Motion to increase the contract amount with Joyce Hsu from $23,500 
to a new amount not to exceed $25,713 to compensate the artist for 
additional work on the artwork for Argonne Playground. 

Motion: Motion to adopt the consent calendar items. 
Moved: Hunter/Zhao 

2. City Hall Sound Project 

Director of Cultural Affairs Richard Newirth introduced the proposed sound 
installation by Bill Fontana which would be at City Hall between August and 
October of 2007. 

Artist Bill Fontana demonstrated the "ultrasonic transducer" technology to the 
Commissioners and staff present. He stated that the sound installation will 
produce directional beams of sound which can interact with reflective surfaces. 
He proposes to locate the seven or eight moving speakers in the circular 
colonnade of City Hall. The speakers will be on pan tilt heads that will be 
programmed to move. The artist hopes to translate the visual experience of the 
architecture of City Hall into sound. He will conduct research to decide upon 
the actual sounds for the installation, which would be inspired and derived from 
the city and /or the history of City Hall. Mr. Fontana believes the sounds will 

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have a dreamlike quality. 

Commissioner Przyblyski inquired whether each speaker would have a different 
sound content and if the speakers would be on 24 hours a day. 

Mr. Newirth answered that the speakers will be on during City Hall's hours of 
operation and can be turned off if needed. 

Commissioner Przyblyski suggested that the project should include interpretive 
elements such as signage. 

Commissioner Hunter stated that while an interpretive element would be 
helpful in explaining the project, it could also be interesting for visitors to 
encounter and experience the sounds unknowingly. 

Mr. Newirth explained that there is a City Hall Docent on staff who would be 
available to answer questions about the installation. He also stated that the 
publicity generated from this installation could result in even more visitors to 
City Hall to experience the project. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that the installation could also encourage 
visitors to stay longer and explore more of City Hall. 

Mr. Newirth stated that while Mr. Fontana has done a number of projects 
internationally, this will be an excellent opportunity for him to undertake a 
project in his home town of San Francisco. 

Mr. Newirth stated that he will present a budget and timeline by the next Visual 
Arts Committee meeting. 

Commissioner Przyblyski observed that this installation continues the same 
theme as the temporary project by Wang Po Shu in Civic Center Plaza last year, 
which also interacted with the architecture of City Hall. 

Motion: Motion to approve an honorarium payment in an amount not to exceed 
$5,000 for further research and development of Spiraling Echoes, a sound art 
piece by artist Bill Fontana to be installed in City Hall in August through 
October, 2007. 
Moved: Hunter/ Przyblyski 

3. Policy Discussion — Public Art Ideas and Opportunities 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton presented a staff report which opened a 
brainstorming session with Commissioners regarding Public Art ideas and 
opportunities. Ms. Manton said that for some time Public Art staff has been 
thinking about the current artist selection process and its results. Although staff 
has tried to take a more proactive approach with a stronger curatorial vision, 
limitations from funding sources have made this difficult; typically, the funding 
dictates the type of art and site. 

Ms. Manton stated that art funds from the PUC and from Art on Market Street 
are available for particular sites. The PUC funds have been pooled and may be 
used at various sites throughout the city, subject to the PUC's approval and 
their request that the artwork somehow reflect the mission of the PUC. 

Ms. Manton asked for the Commissioners' suggestions regarding artists and/or 
projects. She also stated that PUC funding may support long-term temporary 
installations that could be on display for up to two years. 

Ms. Manton showed the Commissioners work by artist Janet Echelman as an 
example of the type of work that could be commissioned. The artist has used 

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transparent materials to make large outdoor kinetic sculptures that are on display 
internationally. Ms. Echelman is already part of the Public Art pre-qualified pool 
of artists. 

Ms. Manton commented that part of the appeal of Echelman's work is that while 
the sculptures are large; their transparent materials do not interfere with their 
location or block views. The sculptures have an appearance of lightness. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that it is important to work with artists who are 
interested and willing to work within City bureaucracy. 

Commissioner Hunter suggested that it would be a good idea to use Civic Center 
Plaza as a place to introduce artists or project ideas. 

Commissioner Przyblyski requested that Commissioners make recommendations 
to staff regarding both local and international artists to commission for 
projects. 

Ms. Manton stated that the staff is also starting to take a more proactive role in 
developing projects and soliciting artists. She credited Judy Moran for initiating 
this approach for the Art on Market Street program. 

Ms. Manton has asked staff, as a way to reevaluate the effectiveness of the pre- 
qualified pool, to review their projects and assess how many were actually 
selected out of the pool. 

Commissioner Hunter inquired how often the pool of artists is renewed. Ms. 
Manton answered that it is not done annually. Commissioner Zhao inquired how 
many artists were in the pre-qualified pool. Ms. Manton responded that there 
are over 100 and their names are available for review on the Public Art website. 

Ms. Manton ended the reported by stating that the Public Art staff is moving in 
the direction of having a curated preselection of artists to present to clients 
and community. 

4. Gallery Report 

Gallery Director Meg Shiffler presented the Commissioners with two drafts of 
the Gallery's mission statement that were created at the last Board retreat. 

She described the first version of the drafted mission statement as more 
straightforward and concise, and the second as more spirited and narrative. 

Ms. Shiffler solicited the Commissioners for feedback on both versions for 
details they would like added or omitted in a final version. 

Commissioner Hunter stated that the first version is very professional and 
timeless. He felt that the second contained language that may become 
irrelevant as trends change. He also felt that the term "local" has the tendency 
to trivialize the agency, and that without this word the first statement seems 
complete. 

Ms. Shiffler informed the Commissioners that while the previous mission 
statement had emphasized the Gallery's three locations, she took out that 
reference in order to reflect new programming goals which seek to expand the 
reach of the Gallery. 

Commissioner Hunter asked if the Gallery plans on getting rid of old locations 
such as Grove Street. 

Ms. Shiffler answered that the fate of the Grove Street location is uncertain. 
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She clarified that the expanded reach of new programming would go beyond the 
historical three locations to include a larger presence at City Hall, as well as 
other locations such as kiosks, site-specific temporary projects, blogs, or 
podcasts. 

Mr. Newirth added that the old statement put equal emphasis on all three sites, 
which is misleading considering the Gallery's current situation. 

Commissioner Wilsey made the specific recommendation that the mission 
statement be less wordy. She also recommended that it not include overused 
"buzz words." She specifically suggested that the mission statement end after 
the words "contemporary art" and agreed with Commissioner Hunter that the 
word "local" should be omitted. 

Mr. Newirth recommended omitting parts relating to the Gallery's history, since 
it is unnecessary information for a mission statement; this would shorten its 
length. 

Commissioner Przyblyski recommended that Ms. Shiffler draft another version 
that addresses the feedback from the Commissioners. She asked that Ms. 
Shiffler e-mail the revised statement to each Commissioner along with the 
original mission statement for review before the next Visual Arts Committee 
meeting. 

Ms. Shiffler introduced the following motions pertaining to the upcoming 
exhibition at the Arts Commission Gallery. 

Motion: Motion to approve a payment in the amount of $4,000 to PhotoAlliance 
for co-curating four exhibitions for the 2007 Art at City Hall program with the 
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery (City Hall, Lower Level), which will be 
issued in four installments of $1000 each (one for each exhibition) within the 
next 12 months. 
Moved: Wilsey/Zhao 

Motion: Motion to approve an honorarium payment in the amount of $700 to 
Derek Powazek for co-curating the upcoming exhibition JPG: A Photography 
Revolution, on display in the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery from April 
13 through June 16, 2007. 
Moved: Hunter/Wilsey 

5. Collections Report 

This item was continued to a future Visual Arts Commission meeting. 

6. Hamilton Pool and Recreation Center 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil presented artist Horace Washington's conceptual 
proposal of artwork for the Hamilton Pool and Recreation Center. 

Ms. Macneil presented architectural plans of the Recreation Center indicating 
the nine 22' x 4' panels above the exterior windows and doors where the artist 
proposes to install designs in ceramic tile. The artwork will incorporate multiple 
patterns from African and Asian culture, thus reflecting the ethnic makeup of 
the neighboring community. Color renderings of Washington's designs were 
presented, along with samples of the proposed tile colors. 

Ms. Macneil explained that the artist and design team had agreed to cover the 
areas around the artwork in a compatible color of green tile, not stucco as 
previously planned. The main panel over the front door has been designed by 
the artist to accommodate the name of the building. The design references 
West African kente cloth and carved wood doors from the Nupe culture in 

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Nigeria. The recreation center's name will be fabricated in the typical Parks and 
Recreation cut-metal letters. 

The other panels will consist of horizontal bands with linear patterns taken from 
African, Japanese and Korean sources. These will be fabricated using 1" or 2" 
square mosaic tile. Cut tile will be used to delineate the more complex ethnic 
designs of medallions centered in each panel. The green background will consist 
of larger single tiles. 

Commissioner Hunter asked if the project will receive an architectural credit, 
since the artist is providing a portion of the surface of the building. Ms. Macneil 
indicated that the issue had not yet been discussed. She stated that the 
architect mentioned that the design might interrupt the verticality of the 
overall architectural design scheme. The Commissioners disagreed, responding 
that the artist's contribution seems to enhance the architectural design. 

Commissioner Hunter stated that the community specifically requested 
Japanese and Korean references and inquired if the community has been 
presented with the artist's proposed project. Ms. Macneil responded that the 
community has not yet been approached for comment. Commissioner Hunter 
recommended that the design be shown to the community for input before its 
final approval. 

Macneil pointed out that she is seeking approval for this only as a preliminary 
design and that changes can be made as needed in later phases of the project. 
The artist, who was present, stated that he considered the history of the 
community in his color scheme which reflects typical colors in African art and 
the raku colors in Asian ceramics. 

Commissioner Przyblyski recommended that the artist further explore the 
diversity and cultural history of the neighborhood and community before any 
final design decisions are made. 

Motion: Motion to approve the conceptual proposal by Horace Washington of a 
work of art for Hamilton Pool and Recreation Center. 
Moved: Zhao/Hunter 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a 
contract with Horace Washington for an amount not to exceed $145,000 for the 
completion of design, fabrication, transportation, and installation of an artwork 
for the Hamilton Pool and Recreation Center. 
Moved: Wilsey/ Hunter 

7. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Program Manager Susan Pontious presented images of the minor modification of 
the design by Owen Smith for the H wall of Laguna Honda Hospital. This is the 
only wall seen from a distance. Taking this into account, the design has been 
changed from bas-relief to mosaic in order to add color. 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised proposal by Owen Smith for an artwork 
for the "H" walls at Laguna Honda Hospital. 
Moved: Hunter/Zhao 

Motion: Motion to increase Diane Andrews Hall's contract amount from $80,000 
to $87,000 for payment of an artist fee comparable to other Laguna Honda 
Hospital artists. 
Moved: Przyblyski /Wilsey 

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Program Director Jill Manton expressed staff approval for the proposed mural of the 
founders of the South East Community Facility. However, she stated her 
concern for creating "visual chaos" by adding the mural to the context of the 
two already existing children's murals. 

Ms. Manton presented copied digital photographs of the front of the building to 
the Commissioners so they could see the existing murals and the proposed site 
for the new founders' mural. Jill inquired of the Commissioners whether or not 
they felt the existing murals should be relocated. 

Commissioner Hunter stated that he liked all three murals and did not see a 
problem with all three being in the same location. 

Ms. Manton added that because the building is concrete and monochromatic, 
the additional color from all the murals helps to enhance the building's 
aesthetics. 

Commissioner Przyblyski agreed and stated of the murals "the more the 
better." 

Motion: Motion to approve the mural design by Santie Huckaby featuring the 
South East Community Facility Founders, to be installed near the entrance to 
the facility at 1800 Oakdale Avenue. 
Moved: Zhao/ Hunter 

9. Harvey Milk Commemorative Sculpture in City Hall 

Program Director Jill Manton reported on the selection panel that met on 
February 27, 2007, to choose a proposal for a commemorative sculpture of 
Harvey Milk to be placed in City Hall. The panel chose the Daub Firmin 
Hendrickson Sculpture Group, favoring its use of relief elements on the pedestal 
and the expressive qualities of the sculpture. The panel also felt that it best fit 
with the existing busts in City Hall. 

The sculpture will be 30" tall, and will reach a total height of 75" including the 
pedestal, which is in scale with the other busts already in City Hall. The bust 
will be fabricated in marble with a granite pedestal. 

Commissioner Pr2yblyski stated that presentation of the proposals at City Hall 
was very professional. She also stated that the panel had a very spirited 
discussion about whether to choose an idealized representation of Harvey Milk 
or an anecdotal "lived-in" version which might be a more accurate depiction. 

Ms. Manton informed the Commissioners that public comment was 
overwhelmingly in favor of the Daub Firmin Hendrickson Sculpture Group. 

Motion: Motion to accept the selection panel's recommendation of the artist 
team Daub Firmin Hendrickson Sculpture Group, LLC, for the Harvey Milk 
Commemorative Sculpture in City Hall. 
Moved: Hunter/ Przyblyski 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an 
agreement with the artist team Daub Firmin Hendrickson Sculpture Group, LLC, 
in an amount not to exceed $57,500 for design, fabrication and transportation 
of a commemorative sculpture of Harvey Milk for City Hall. 
Moved: Przyblyski/Wilsey 

10. New Art Enrichment— Randall Museum 

Project Director Jill Manton presented a report on the possible sites and 
approaches to placing artwork at the Randall Museum. 

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The site had temporarily displayed eight Bufano sculptures while their 
permanent home at Valencia Gardens was being renovated. As a result of 
negotiations between the PUC, the Arts Commission, the Randall Museum, and 
Supervisor Bevan Dufty, an agreement had been reached to use a portion of the 
PUC art enrichment pooled funds to acquire new artwork for the site. 

There is $100,000 available for one to two new sculptural pieces. 

The Commissioners were presented with photographs of the site. 

Commissioner Przyblyski inquired how the selection process will be carried out. 

Ms. Manton responded that she will do an RFQ. for a call for artists and the 
project will also be publicized by the Randall. Finalists will be invited to 
develop proposals which will be publicly displayed before being presented to a 
selection panel. 

Motion: Motion to authorize staff to proceed to announce a competition for 
artwork for two exterior sites at the Randall Museum with a total budget of 
$100,000 to be expended on one or more sculptures. 
Moved: Przyblyski /Hunter 

11. MosconeCenterWest 

Program Director Jill Manton updated Commissioners on the Diller + Scofidio 
project and presented the Commissioners with options on how to proceed. 

"Plan A" is to figure out a way to get the project working as originally desired, 
with the display screen functioning and having the ability to move along its 
track. "Plan B" is to modify the video and concept so that the screen works, 
although its motion would be limited. Since neither of these plans has moved 
forward, at this point Ms. Manton is also investigating a "Plan C." 

"Plan C" would allow Moscone Center to temporarily use the LED sign to display 
information about their exhibitions. The City Attorney has stated that there is 
nothing in the zoning code that would preclude Moscone Center using the sign 
for "informational purposes," such as the name of a conference. 

Commissioner Hunter asked Ms. Manton to clarify the problem with the project. 

She explained that there is a noise associated with the operation of the motion 
system and that design solutions are being investigated. Once there is consensus 
between Diller + Scofidio and the outside expert engineer, cost estimates will 
be obtained and the available resources to cover expenses will be assessed. 

Jill stated that she would like the Commissioners' feedback about the various 
options outlined above. 

Ms. Shiffler inquired how long Moscone Center would use the screen and asked 
whether there had been discussion of its temporary use by artists. She 
mentioned a similar project launched by New York's Creative Time and offered 
her assistance if such a direction were to be pursued. 

Ms. Manton responded that nothing has been determined at this time. 

Mr. Newirth stated that in the past Diller + Scofidio had also considered curating 
additional new video footage for the screen. Ms. Manton has yet to consult with 
them further about this idea. 



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Commissioner Przyblyski stated that if Moscone Center uses the screen for 

informational purposes, that might make people ignore its presence, rendering 
it invisible. The informational use might also diminish the uniqueness and 
impact of the screen. 

Mr. Newirth inquired what would happen if the screen moved, but did not turn 
the corner. 

Jill responded that the screen would likely run on the 4 th Street side of the 
building. 

Commissioner Hunter stated that he would be willing to consider the option of 
having the screen be of mixed use, although he would like to continue exploring 
the options. 

Commissioner Przyblyski also stated that she would like to see more exploration 
of the options since this project has the potential to be spectacular. She 
acknowledged that if the project does not proceed soon, the technology 
involved with the project might become obsolete. 

12. Jay DeFeo Painting 

Public Art Deputy Program Director Susan Pontious initiated a discussion with 
Commissioners regarding the Jay DeFeo painting Masquerade in Black owned by 
the San Francisco Arts Commission. 

Ms. Pontious stated that there had been previous discussions about selling the 
painting to a local museum, such as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. 
However, no buyer had been identified and she is requesting recommendations 
from the Commissioners for a new plan of action. 

The work is currently in storage and, according the artist's estate, its value has 
probably increased since its last appraisal over a year ago. 

Ms. Manton stated that instead of trying to sell the work it would be better to 
loan the work to a museum like the de Young, where it could be on view for the 
public to enjoy instead of keeping it in storage. The work is being considered as 
part of a major DeFeo retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 
New York and its value might likely increase due to its exhibition. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she would much prefer that a painting by 
such a respected female Bay Area artist be seen locally then to sell it to 
another institution. She is much more in support of loaning it to a museum than 
selling the work. She said that it is an important reminder of the unfortunate 
loss to the Bay Area of The Rose, another DeFeo painting previously owned by 
the Arts Commission which is now at the Whitney. 

Commissioner Wilsey highly recommended getting the painting on view to local 
institutions to stimulate interest in it. 

13. Proposed Gift to the City 

Program Director Jill Manton informed Commissioners of a proposed gift to the 
City of a sculpture by Italian artist Alberto Cristini. 

Ms. Manton informed the Commissioners that the gift was referred to her by the 
Mayor's Office and that the artist was particularly interested in having the 
sculpture displayed on the waterfront. She expressed her belief that the scale 
of the sculpture is too small for a waterfront location and that a more 
intimately scaled site would be more appropriate. 



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Commissioner Przyblyski declared that the City greatly appreciates being considered 
for such a gift, although the City is hard-pressed to find a suitable location for 
it. She said that this sculpture deserves to be seen but that because the City 
unfortunately cannot provide a suitable place for it, the City must decline this 
generous gift. 

The Commissioners recommended that the sculpture be considered as a gift to 
the Museo ItaloAmericano here in San Francisco. 

Motion: Motion to accept the staff recommendation to decline with gratitude 
the gift of sculpture from Alberto Cristini. 
Moved: Wilsey/ Hunter 

14. New Business 

There was no new business. 

15. Old Business 

There was no old business. 

16. Adjournment 

As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:20 p.m. 
Submitted by Jaime Schwartz, Interim Public Art Program Associate 
Approved by Richard Newirth, Director of Cultural Affairs 

2/15/2007 



Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Jennifer Lovvorn (415) 252-2594. 

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VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 330A 



Agenda 

1 . Consent 

1 . Authorization to waive $7,000 art enrichment for Crocker Amazon 
Maintenance Shed/Restroom Building 

DOCUMENTS DE 

2. Policy Discussion 

Jill Manton 

Public Art in private development 

3. Gallery Report 

Meg Shiffler 

Discussion of revised mission statement 

PowerPoint presentation of proposed City Hall project with artist Lonnie Graham. 
Explanatory Documents: artist's biography, a proposed budget and timeline for 
project. 

Updates on upcoming Gallery exhibitions. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an 
agreement with moderator Thorn Sempere and panelists Derek Powazek, Heather 
Champ, Deanne Fitzmarurice and J.D. Beltranand for $300 each for the Are we all 
photographers now? panel discussion that accompanies the Breakthrough: An 
Amateur Photography Revolution exhibition (April 20-June 16, 2007). 

4. San Francisco International Airport 

Susan Pontious 

Presentation of research on the safe installation of Richard Shaw's sculpture 

Martha H. 

Explanatory Document: Staff Report 

Presentation of comments from the Airport Art Steering Committee regarding a 

proposed design from artist Clare Rojas. 

Explanatory Document: Airport Art Steering Committee minutes. 

5. Rolph Playground and Potrero del Sol Park 

Judy Moron 

Presentation of a revised proposal by artist Isis Rodriguez for gate sculptural 

elements to be included at the entrances of the refurbished Rolph Playground and 






Potrero del Sol Park. 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised proposal for gate sculptural elements for 
entrances at the Rolph Playground and Potrero del Sol Park by artist Isis 
Rodriguez and to authorize the artist to proceed to design development and 
fabrication stages of the project. 

6. Temporary Public Art Projects Series entitled Scrap, Proposed by Black 
Rock Arts Foundation and the Department of the Environment 

Jill Manton 

1 . Temporary sculptural bandshell in Panhandle 

2. Temporary installation of mosaic medallions in Juri Commons 

3. Temporary installation of playhouse made from recycled materials 

Motion: Motion to approve any or all of the three Scrap projects proposed by the 

Black Rock Arts Foundation and the Department of the Environment. 

or 

Motion: Motion to disapprove any or all of the three Scrap projects proposed by 

the Black Rock Arts Foundation and the Department of the Environment. 

7. Moscone Recreation Center Public Art Project (Options) 

Jill Manton 

Motion: Motion to accept selection panel's recommendation and enter into an 

agreement with Brian Goggin for the design development, fabrication, 

transportation and installation of the artist's proposal, as modified to address 

safety and climbing concerns, for a total amount not to exceed $70,000. 

or 

Motion: Motion to make payment in the amount of $750 to panel-recommended 

artist Brian Goggin for the development of a new design proposal for the 

Moscone Recreation Center. 

or 

Motion: Motion for staff to solicit new proposals from any or all of the three 

finalists for the Moscone Recreation Center, and to pay each an honorarium of 

$750. 

8. Discussion and Solicitation of Recommendations for Temporary Artwork 
Installation at Embarcadero 

Jill Manton 

9. New Business 
Jill Manton 

Upcoming Projects: Transbay Terminal Public Art; San Francisco General 
Hospital 

10. Old Business 

11. Adjournment 



3/15/2007 



Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Jaime Schwartz (415) 252-2594. 

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Staff Report 

3/12/07 
To: Visual Arts Committee 
From: Susan Pontious 
RE: Structural Support for Richard Shaw sculpture Martha H 

At the request of Commissioner Hunter and the Airport Art Steering Committee, I have done 
further research regarding the safe installation of Martha H by Richard Shaw. 

Braunstein Quay Gallery directed me to Claudia Tarantino who has worked with the artist for 
years to repair his sculptures. She said the vulnerable areas in the Shaw figures are where the 
"basket" of the torso fits over the legs, and the ceramic slab at the bottom of the sculpture. She 
said she has never had trouble with the legs; they are made as one unit and are strong. She said 
damage, when it occurs, is during handling, not after installation. Her recommendation is as 
follows: 

1 . Create a mechanical junction to take the weight and pressure off the "basket." 

2. Make a rigid aluminum base to fit on the ceramic slab. This will reinforce the slab 
and allow for us to make a mechanical connection to the vitrine base. 

She has done a number of these reinforcements for Shaw sculptures. She estimates 2-3 hrs. of 
work to provide these modifications. 

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Minutes PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Commissioners Present: Jeannene Przyblyski, Lawrence Rinder, Leonard Hunter, Dede Wilsey 

Commissioners Absent: Pop Zhao 

Staff Present: Jill Manton, Judy Moran, Richard Newirth, Meg Shiffler, and Jaime Schwartz 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 

The meeting commenced at 3:05 p.m. 

1. Consent 

Authorization to waive $7,000 art enrichment for Crocker Amazon Maintenance Shed/Restroom 

Building 

Motion: Motion to adopt the consent calendar items. 

Moved: Przyblyski/Hunter 

2. Policy Discussion 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton discussed a proposed change to the Planning Code which 
deals with the 1%-for-art requirement in private development. Her proposed change is based upon 
a Los Angeles County model where 60% of the 1% is used by the developer for a publicly 
accessible artwork located onsite. She further explained various options associated with the 
remaining 40%, such as the developer contributing the funds to the Public Art Trust to be 
expanded for temporary or permanent artwork, or for repair of artwork at the discretion of the Art 
Commission, or the developer contributing the funds to the Mint until the current Planning Code 
section with this option expires. 

Commissioner Wilsey expressed concern that the current political climate might not be the most 
appropriate to explore this idea. Ms. Manton stated that nothing would move forward without the 
approval of the Commissioners. 

Commissioner Przyblyski explained that currently the 1%-for-art in private development is 
managed by the Planning Department and unfortunately there are not complete records for many 
of the artworks acquired. She recommended that the Arts Commission begin to work with 
developers and the Planning Department to keep better records of all new artworks procured 
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have occurred since September 11, 2001, in terms of security and public access, and to remind 
developers that art placed in building lobbies becomes inaccessible to the public. 

Commissioner Przyblyski also spoke about the changes in architecture and urban design practices 
since the 1980's. When the percent-for-art requirement was initiated, many buildings were fronted 
by large urban plazas. The current practice is to build to the edge of the property line, so there is 
no plaza for artwork. 

Commissioner Wilsey brought up concerns regarding the limitations the 60% amount could put on 
developers who wish to exceed their responsibility and instead utilize 100% of funds to offer the 
City artwork from more prestigious artists. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that this would be possible; the developer would need to petition 
the Arts Commission, which the current legislation does not rule out. 

Commissioner Wilsey stated that the legal process might discourage developers who do not have 
the time to go through lengthy processes, yet want to contribute artwork that is beyond the scope 
of their 60%. 

Nothing would prevent developers from contributing or spending more than 60%. What would be 
required, however, is the minimum 40% contributed to the Public Art Trust 

Commissioner Rinder stated that as a City Commission using City funds, it is important to spend 
the money as judiciously as possible and that developers could petition to spend the funds 
otherwise. 

Commissioner Wilsey responded that it is important to have flexibility in the case of developers 
who desire to give generously to the City. She feels that developers will be put off by the 
petitioning process, and this might also dissuade them from further investing in the City. 

Commissioner Rinder stated that the main point of the legislation is to encourage developers to 
contribute a portion of the 1% private requirements of their funds to the general pool, which will 
facilitate more art for more locations. 

Commissioner Wilsey stated again that she felt the legislation should provide a way for developers 
to apply the total amount for onsite artwork, without having to petition or go through some other 
process. Commissioner Przyblyski agreed to further evaluate the language of the legislation to 
allow for such action and stated that this could be a way for the City to obtain higher-caliber 
artwork. 

Commissioner Hunter inquired whether the Arts Commission will make final decisions on such 
procured artwork and where it will be placed. Ms. Manton responded that the Arts Commission 
would have the final say if the Planning Code amendment goes forward. 

3. Gallery Report 

Gallery Director Meg Shiffler presented the Commissioners with a revised draft of the Arts 
Commission Gallery's mission statement, which incorporated changes that the Commissioners had 
recommended at the February Visual Arts Committee meeting. Ms. Shiffler presented an 
explanatory document to the Commissioners that included the February draft and the revised 
March draft of the statement, edits, and a 2001 version developed by her predecessor, Rupert 
Jenkins. 

Ms. Shiffler wanted to revisit one change that had been suggested, omitting the term "civic 
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is tied to the City, and that is what sets it apart from other galleries. She explained that being part 
of a City department literally does make the Gallery's functions part of a civic dialogue. She would 
like to include something to represent this element and is open to finding language similar to the 
original wording. Commissioner Rinder said that he supported leaving the phrase in. 

Commissioner Hunter inquired whether the Gallery's Advisory Board had seen the new mission 
statement and wanted to know Ms. Shiffler's personal thoughts on the mission statement. She 
replied that the Advisory Board had not yet seen the statement and that she felt satisfied with the 
edits and decisions made. 

Commissioner Rinder suggested that the section reading "provide new and unexpected 
opportunities for projects . . ." be changed to say "provide new and challenging opportunities for 
projects . . . ." 

Ms. Shiffler explained that this had been added during a Board retreat and that "unexpected" was 
chosen to exemplify how, despite being a City agency, the Gallery would host what some might 
consider challenging exhibitions. She further explained "unexpected" seemed to express the 
unique character of San Francisco. 

Commissioner Przyblyski agreed that being closely tied to the City is a unique aspect of the Gallery 
and stated that part of that relationship is the responsibility to use language which best suits both 
parties. She suggested instead using just the word "new," which would imply something 
unexpected and avoid any possible misinterpretation. 

Ms. Shiffler graciously thanked the Commissioners for their efforts and time regarding the matter. 

She next provided the Commissioners with information regarding the Gallery's upcoming exhibition 
Breakthrough: An Amateur Photography Revolution, a collaboration with JPG Magazine and Flickr, 
both local enterprises. 

The Gallery will host Breakthrough: An Amateur Photography Revolution, and JPG Magazine will 
feature this theme in their May issue. A free panel discussion, Are we all photographers now?, will 
be held at the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch and is co-sponsored by the local nonprofit 
PhotoAlliance. 

Lastly, Ms. Shiffler presented the Commissioners with information on a proposed City Hall project 
to replace the banners in the North Light Court this summer with photographic banners by artist 
Lonnie Graham. The project funding comes from the Arts Commission's special allocation of 
$1,000,000 for the 2006-2007 fiscal year. 

Ms. Shiffler explained that the artist would continue his acclaimed series A Conversation with the 
World, which originated in San Francisco in 1984. The project would include interviews and 
photographic portraits. Ms. Shiffler distributed examples of Graham's work to the Commissioners. 

The project would also have the possibility of including multi-media components such as posting 
the interviews and photos on the Gallery's website, hosting a blog about the project, or creating 
podcasts. 

Ms. Shiffler would like to see the project launched by June, in time for the San Francisco 
International Art Festival. This would make it possible to ask the artists to engage with the 
festival's theme of the African Diaspora. Ms. Shiffler requested input from the Commissioners 
regarding this project, acknowledging that City Hall is a mixed-use space. 

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Hall site. Ms. Shiffler replied that she has considered placing text on the wall below the banner, 
having a few sentences on the actual banner, creating a book for City Hall and having the 
interviews available to read on the Gallery website. 

Commissioner Rinder inquired about the length of time the banners would be displayed. Ms. 
Shiffler replied that the banners would be displayed until funding for a new set was available, and 
that she would apply for a National Endowment for the Arts grant, return to Grants for the Arts 
and look to the SFAC annual budget for future support. 

Commissioner Przyblyski inquired about funding from Grants for the Arts. Ms. Shiffler explained 
that they already provide funding for the Gallery's programming on the lower level of City Hall as a 
whole. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that because of the nature of the site and the low level of 
security, she understands the difficulty in installing and displaying works of value, and this project 
seems to provide something meaningful for the space. However, she cautioned Ms. Shiffler to 
think through future implications to prevent this project from limiting itself like the Art on Market 
poster series. She recommends considering whether this project will always use photographs as a 
medium and agreed that there needs to be awareness of the mixed use of the space when 
deciding upon what to display. 

Commissioner Przyblyski also recommended that public programming be done onsite in the North 
Light Court. Ms. Shiffler agreed that would be ideal, but said that using the space can be 
expensive. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an agreement with 

moderator Thorn Sempere and panelists Derek Powazek, Heather Champ, Deanne Fitzmarurice 

and J.D. Beltranand for $300 each for the Are we all photographers now? panel discussion that 

accompanies the Breakthrough: An Amateur Photography Revolution exhibition (April 20-June 16, 

2007). 

Moved: Przyblyski/Rinder 

4. Temporary Public Art Projects Series entitled Scrap, proposed by Black Rock Arts 
Foundation and the Department of the Environment 

Ms. Manton presented three proposals for temporary public art by the Black Rock Arts Foundation 
("BRAF") in collaboration with the City Neighborhood Parks Council and the Department of the 
Environment. 

Leslie Pritchett and Rachel Weidinger, representatives from Black Rock Arts Foundation, presented 
project boards and a report of each project's plan. They explained that these projects developed 
out of the Department of the Environment's Zero Waste Plan for dealing with recycling. The BRAF 
chose to work with neighborhood groups in residential areas with parks in order to engage 
residents in the immediate vicinity. They stated that their creative installations will provide 
education about landfill diversion. 

Ms. Pritchett explained that the Neighborhood Parks Council put out a call to park groups for 
interested parties. Those groups designated were matched with artists who responded to a call for 
proposals for specific sites, which resulted in the three projects being presented. 

The first project Ms. Pritchett described for Commissioners is the proposed temporary bandshell 
for the Panhandle area of Golden Gate Park. The bandshell will be built from used car hoods and 
plastic bottles, and will be installed for four months. The floor of the bandshell will be fabricated 
from solid car doors and the edge from recycled plastic. She explained the project team will 
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tennis courts. The BRAF envisions the bandshell being used for acoustic music and plays, and the 
project team will also program some entertainment events. 

Commissioner Hunter inquired whether the bandshell was going to be raised. Ms. Pritchett 
responded that the bandshell will be 18" off the ground with an installed ramp for disability 
access. She further explained the bandshell will be located near asphalt following Americans with 
Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. 

Commissioner Wilsey inquired whether the bandshell could ever be relocated or permanently 
reinstalled. 

Ms. Pritchett responded that the bandshell has a modular design which makes it easy to move and 
reassemble. However, the current nature of the fabrication materials renders it impermanent; it 
could be possible to design a permanent version. 

Commissioner Wilsey inquired whether the bandshell had ever been built before. 

Ms. Pritchett responded that the structure has never been previously built. She stated that the 
bandshell will be built by a team with some components constructed with help from the local 
community. 

Commissioner Przyblyski requested clarification regarding the programming for the use of the 
bandshell. 

Ms. Pritchett responded that the project team will moderate and manage an online sign-up but 
stated that it is a bit of a social experiment. 

Commissioner Hunter inquired whether the artists had considered incorporating a power source 
into the bandshell, since typically bandshells host performances and bands that need electricity. 

Ms. Pritchett stated that the project team is working on either using solar power or researching a 
way to use an alternative energy source to illuminate the car lights attached to the hoods which 
are a main material in the bandshell structure. 

Commissioner Przyblyski expressed concerns that some neighbors will see the bandshell as public 
nuisance and inquired whether the BRAF has talked to the community about the possibility of 
having amplified and lit performances. 

Ms. Pritchett responded that she is aware of the requirement for permits and having community 
support if they host amplified events. She stated that the project team will work with all 
community groups, and that dialogues in the community so far have produced a positive 
response. 

Commissioner Wilsey requested clarification on the status of BRAF permits. 

Ms. Pritchett explained that seeking approval from the Arts Commission is the first step before 
fulfilling any other City department requirements. 

Commissioner Przyblyski explained the importance for the Commissioners to consider the project 
both in terms of a work of art and all other aspects because temporary projects have the ability to 
impact the possibilities for future projects if they do not succeed. 

Director of Cultural Affairs Richard Newirth stated that the Panhandle is often considered a 
dangerous area and that area residents may be concerned if they see the structure as a place for 
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performances spaces have problems with designated uses, pointing out that the sign-up might not 
function as planned. 

Ms. Pritchett acknowledged these concerns and stated that BRAF is excited about the experimental 
aspects of the project and agreed to consider a more structured plan for space management. She 
also mentioned that the bandshell could be de-installed before the end of the four-month period, if 
necessary. She stated that the project team is continually addressing possible problems and 
investigating proper responses, but that it is impossible to foresee all problems before the 
bandshell is in place and functioning. 

Ms. Pritchett stated that she would be happy to report to the Commissioners on the project team's 
neighborhood engagement process and its results. 

The Commissioners requested that the project team follow up with Ms. Manton on the total budget 
for the project. Commissioner Przyblyski recommended having a broad definition of neighborhood 
to best insure community approval. Concerned with the timeline of the project, she recommended 
the Commissioners only approve the project contingent on its ability to meet the requirements of 
all necessary City departments. 

The next project presented to Commissioners was a proposal by artist Jennifer Alexander for six 
mosaic elements to be temporarily embedded along the grassy pathways of Juri Commons, a 
small park with a playground. The park is used primarily as a shortcut to Guerrero Street. 
The "Juri Commoners," the local neighborhood parks group, have seen the proposal and are 
excited about the idea, hoping it can act as a catalyst for a larger future park redesign proposal. 

The mosaic elements will have recognizable scrap pieces such as bicycle reflectors and glass from 
recycled bottles mixed with concrete. 

Commissioner Przyblyski inquired about the budget for this project. Ms. Pritchett responded that it 
was under $5,000. 

Commissioner Hunter inquired whether the mosaic elements would sit at ground level or be 
embedded deeper into the grass. 

Ms. Pritchett explained that the mosaic will be fabricated in modular pieces 18 ft. long and 8 ft. in 
diameter and will be hooked together invisibly underground so they will not be able to be moved. 
She stated that the mosaic pieces would not necessarily lie entirely flat. 

Commissioner Hunter expressed concern that the mosaic elements, especially if not entirely flat, 
will interfere with equipment used for park upkeep, such as lawn mowers. He also expressed 
concerns about the possibility of injury from such protruding pieces and the danger the whole 
mosaic might pose, specifically to the blind or other differently-abled persons unaware of the new 
landscape. Commissioner Przyblyski stated the need for ADA approval. 

Ms. Pritchett explained that BRAF would work with gardeners to learn whether the project will 
negatively impact sprinkler heads and the BRAF will completely restore the site after the mosaics 
are de-installed. 

Ms. Weidinger explained that the park currently has a lot of community involvement; for example, 
every day someone is assigned to walk through the park to ensure that everything is okay, to note 
any changes, and to pick up trash. 

Commissioner Przyblyski and Rinder both stated concerns that this proposal is atypical for the 
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for the Juri Commoners who might be seizing the opportunity for public art prematurely, and could 
be disappointed by final results. 

Commissioner Przyblyski addressed that problem that $5,000 does not go very far and can create 
a precarious situation. She stated concerns about initiating a dialogue about neighborhood 
projects and then not coming through with sufficient funds, thus creating a situation where a 
neighborhood feels the City has disappointed them. 

Commissioner Rinder stated that BRAF might consider doing fewer projects that are more 
involved, with broader community engagement components. 

Commissioner Hunter suggested that BRAF consider contacting curator Renee Yanez, who also 
lives in the area of Juri Commons and has created projects involving local youth, focusing on gang 
deterrence. He recommended using the opportunity of a public art project to focus on the process 
components that can help build community. 

Ms. Pritchett explained that from the BRAF perspective, the goal of the project is more one of 
community engagement than fine art. 

Commissioner Rinder inquired how the community is to be involved. 

Ms. Pritchett explained that community members would assist the artist in creating the mosaic 
pieces. 

Commissioner Hunter requested clarification about the fabrication process and inquired whether 
the mosaic pieces were to actually be made onsite. 

Ms. Pritchett responded that the mosaics would be fabricated offsite and then installed. 

Commissioner Przyblyski requested clarification of whether the community was to also go offsite in 
order to be involved in the creation of the mosaics. 

Ms. Pritchett responded that the community involvement would happen either onsite or in close 
proximity to the site. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated the Committee could either continue to review this proposal and 
send it on to Parks and Recreation for their review, or the Committee could choose to have the 
artist re-envision the project considering the Commissioners' recommendations. She stated she 
would prefer that BRAF come back with a re-envisioned proposal, even if it were to be the same 
project but with augmented plans for community engagement, physical involvement in the process 
onsite, and improved safety considerations. 

Ms. Weidinger stated that she had talked with the artist about making smaller mosaic pieces which 
could be fabricated onsite and continuing to lead workshops while the piece was installed so 
community members could make similar mosaics for their homes. 

Commissioner Przyblyski inquired into how much mosaic experience the artist has. Ms. Weidinger 
responded that the artist has a lot of experience working with wall mosaics, but this will be her 
first mosaic project outdoors. 

Ms. Manton stated concerns about the length of the mosaic's pieces and how it was to be 
anchored into the ground, suggesting that the artist rethink the scale to avoid safety issues and to 
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Ms. Pritchett thanked the Commissioners for the helpful feedback and decided that BRAF would 
like to amend the proposal by possibly scaling back the project, introducing other elements and 
perhaps even weaving in performative elements. 

The last project proposal presented by the BRAF was a child-scaled playhouse fabricated from 
recycled materials for the children's park at Treat and 23 rd Streets. The park's neighborhood group 
is the "Mission Parents," made up of about 70 families who live in the vicinity. 

The project artist, Wendy Testu, lives in the area, has children who play at the park, and is an art 
teacher at the local elementary school. 

The artist proposes using materials such as milk cartons, bicycle treads and tree pieces, and 
having children involved in the construction process. The park hosts a community center which 
would provide a place for families to meet and work on the project. 

Ms. Pritchett acknowledged that this project will also need to meet safety requirements and stated 
the project also has a $5,000 budget. 

Commissioner Przyblyski inquired into the experience and craftsmanship of the artist in regards to 
building the playhouse. Ms. Pritchett stated that BRAF has not previously worked with the artist 
but has seen evidence of her craftsmanship in another of the artist's projects which included 
detailed wings and birds. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated concerns on the ability of the playhouse to maintain its structure. 
Ms. Weidinger stated that the park is locked at night, which would help to prevent vandalism 
attempts. During the day there is a park director present. She also stated that the playhouse will 
be regularly maintained by the artist and this is included in the budget. 

Commissioner Hunter inquired whether the park director has seen the plan. 

Ms. Pritchett responded that the Arts Commission needs to review and approve the plan before 
introducing the project to other parties who will be involved. 

Ms. Manton inquired whether the artist could provide a sample cross-section of the structure to 
demonstrate the use of materials and level of craftsmanship. Ms. Pritchett responded that the 
artist is working on the plans and addressing other agency concerns in regards to construction and 
safety. She also explained that the artist is trying to be responsive to local community groups. 

Commissioner Rinder stated that he likes the engaging aesthetic of the idea and that the safety 
issues are beyond the scope of the Committee. 

Ms. Pritchett and Ms. Weidinger both sincerely thanked the Commissioners for their time and 
consideration of the three proposals. 

Commissioner Przyblyski requested that in the future it would be most helpful for presentations to 
include material boards or material samples in order for the Commissioners to make the most 
informed decisions. She stated that this was a compelling proposal and that the Committee will 
approve subject only to the project's adherence to requirements of other City agencies. 

Motion: Motion to approve the amended Black Rock Arts Foundation proposed Scrap project 
consisting of a temporary bandshell in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park, provided that the 
Foundation obtains neighborhood approval and fulfills all necessary safety and other requirements 
of the Parks and Recreation Department. 
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Motion: Motion to approve the amended Black Rock Arts Foundation proposed Scrap project 
consisting of a temporary installation of a playhouse made of recycled materials for the children's 
park at Treat and 23 rd Streets, provided that the project meets all safety and all other 
requirements of all other City departments. 
Moved: Przyblyski/Hunter 

5. Rolph Playground and Potrero del Sol Park 

Project Manager Judy Moran presented a revised proposal by artist Isis Rodriguez for gate 
sculptural elements to be included at one entrance each of the refurbished Rolph Playground and 
Potrero del Sol Park. 

Ms. Moran explained that the artist's revision addresses previous concerns regarding the original 
design and details. Initially, for both the Rolph Playground and Potrero del Sol Park, the artist had 
proposed the same design for both sites. She has now created a different design for each site. The 
artist augmented the original details and added more elements to her design. For Potrero del Sol 
Park, the artist has created a new design using sun elements and has chosen to brighten up the 
original color choices for the motif. 

Ms. Moran explained that the final concern regarding the project is whether the design will be 
fabricated using rolled metal or made from laser-cut steel. The artist is concerned that engineering 
requirements may necessitate the use of laser-cut steel rather than the hot rolled metal. Ms. 
Moran stated that if this were the case, a sample of the laser-cut steel would be made and 
approved before the project was initiated. 

Commissioner Rinder stated that he felt that the revised proposal was much improved and 
Commissioner Przyblyski stated her approval of the new color choices. Ms. Manton advised Ms. 
Moran and the Parks and Recreation staff to avoid using gang colors. Commissioner Hunter 
recommended that the metal be powder-coated to prevent rust, or galvanized with enamel paint. 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised proposal for gate sculptural elements for entrances at the 
Rolph Playground and Potrero del Sol Park by artist Isis Rodriguez, and to authorize the artist to 
proceed to design development and fabrication stages of the project. 
Moved: Przyblyski/Hunter 

6. San Francisco International Airport 

Ms. Manton spoke on behalf of Senior Project Manager Susan Pontious regarding the safe 
installation of the Richard Shaw artwork Martha H. 

At the request of Commissioner Hunter, Ms. Pontious researched how best to install and stabilize 
the sculpture at the San Francisco International Airport. She is working with a professional, 
recommended by the artist's dealer, who has previous experience installing the artist's sculptures. 
A support brace is being made which will not alter the appearance of the sculpture. 

Ms. Manton also relayed an update on the Clare Rojas project at the Airport. She stated that 
everyone is enthusiastic about working with the artist, although her design still needs more work 
before the project moves forward. Ms. Pontious will meet with the artist next week to discuss her 
design. The Airport Steering Committee members liked elements in the artist's first and second 
proposals and would like to see them integrated into a new design, to which the artist is receptive. 

Commissioner Przyblyski inquired whether the pieces for the gate rooms would be murals or 
paintings, if light exposure wasn't a concern, since that is the artist's typical medium. She 
expressed a concern about transforming artists' works into other media. She also brought up 
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artist. 

Commissioner Hunter responded that the artist is closely involved with the fabrication process and 
the glass fabricators collaborating on the project are highly regarded. He further explained the 
restrictions or challenge of translating the artist's design to a predetermined scale and stated his 
belief that it is the role of the Committee to give the artist direction. This is especially important in 
this case where an artist is not experienced working in a much larger scale or with a new material. 
He expressed that this is a valuable learning opportunity for the artist and she is a wonderful 
representative of the "Mission School" artists. 

As the project manager of four finished airport gate room artworks, Ms. Moran pointed out that 
the work is not translated from one material to another but rather the design is to be created with 
the fabrication materials in mind. 

Commissioner Przyblyski requested clarification on whether the Committee's issues regarding the 
artist's proposal had to do with scale or with their likes and/or dislikes. 

Ms. Manton replied that there were aspects of both. Committee members expressed approval for 
certain design elements and also wondered how the white homogenous field in the artist's design 
would translate with the use of glass mosaic. 

Ms. Shiffler inquired whether the artist had attended, or intended to attend, a Visual Arts 
Committee meeting to present her design. 

Commissioner Rinder explained that requesting her attendance before the Committee might be 
uncomfortable for the artist. He stated that Ms. Pontious is in communication with the artist and 
relays to her all recommendations and suggestions from the Commissioners. 

7. Moscone Recreation Center Public Art Project (Options) 

Ms. Manton gave an updated staff report on the options for the Moscone Recreation Center Public 
Art Project. The Brian Goggin piece was chosen by the selection panel, but the Parks and 
Recreation Department expressed concerns with possible safety and vandalism problems. 

Ms. Manton explained that the Arts Commission honored these concerns by asking the artist to 
modify the design. The artist will install sculptural fins to the poles in order to make it impossible 
to climb and has also considered a change to the spacing of the poles. The artist also agreed to 
bring the cantilevered globe closer to the pole. Commissioner Hunter recommended adding a 
cross-brace to further secure the globe. 

Ms. Manton suggested that the best way to make sure the piece is not climbable would be for the 
artist to make a mock-up of the piece in order to fully assess the possibilities. She will meet with 
Parks and Recreation staff onsite to find the best location for the piece. 

Commissioner Przyblyski inquired whether it was possible to act on the first motion if the artist is 
to modify his design proposal, which will be subject to further review. She stated that safety 
modifications might impact the aesthetics of the piece and the Commissioners would like to see 
the new proposal before finalizing approval. 

Ms. Manton requested to amend the motion and pay the artist for his work. 

Motion: Motion amended to make payment in the amount of $1000 to panel-recommended artist 
Brian Goggin for the research and development of modifications to his design proposal for the 
Moscone Recreation Center to address safety concerns. 
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8. Discussion and Solicitation of Recommendations for Temporary Artwork Installation at 
Embarcadero 

Ms. Manton presented information regarding upcoming available locations for public artwork. 

She explained that the sculpture entitled Passage will be vacating its spot on the Embarcadero in 
October of 2007. Ms. Manton has spoken with Port Planner Dan Hodapp to request the use of the 
site for a temporary sculpture to be placed by the Arts Commission. The Port has negotiated with 
the Bay Conservation Development Commission for a blanket approval for temporary artwork at 
this site. 

Ms. Manton discussed another potential location for artwork on the Embarcadero at the open 
space at Washington Street. Ms. Manton stated there may be challenges to acquire approval for 
artwork at this site due to restrictions associated with the use of open space. Ms. Manton was 
confident that many urban design documents prepared by the City over the past several years 
make a strong case to include pubic art as an important component of the landscape design. 

Ms. Manton explained that she will convene a meeting in the near future and involve such groups 
as the Telegraph Hill Dwellers and residents of the Golden Gateway. Ms. Manton stated that there 
is a possibility that the project will face opposition from citizens who do not wish to have any 
artwork at this location. 

In regards to the Embarcadero site, Ms. Manton stated that there is some urgency in the matter 
because the site will be available in about six months. She requested that the Commissioners 
provide recommendations for artists. 

9. New Business 

Ms. Manton presented information regarding the upcoming Transbay Terminal Public Art Project. 
She explained that the Transbay Joint Powers Authority ("TJPA") made a commitment to provide 
$4.75 million for public art on the Transbay Terminal site. This funding is not mandated by the Art 
Enrichment ordinance and represents a voluntary commitment on the part of the TJPA. 

Ms. Manton stated that the TJPA would like to follow the model of the Academy of Sciences in 
terms of negotiating an MOU with the Arts Commission and establishing a steering committee to 
oversee the art program. 

Commissioner Hunter inquired into what planning, if any, was already being done for the design of 
the building. Ms. Manton responded that an architectural design competition for the terminal is 
underway and is to be decided upon in August. 

Ms. Manton also informed Commissioners of the upcoming General Hospital project. The new 
hospital will provide $11 million in funds for public art, pending approval of the bond on the 
November 2008 ballot. 

10. Old Business 

There was no old business. 

11. Adjournment 

The meeting was adjourned at 5:22 p.m. 

5/4/2007 

Notices 

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25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during regular business hours. INFO: Ellen 
Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are 
prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting of 
any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing 
electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action 
may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San Francisco Campaign and Governmental 
Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to register and report lobbying activity. For more information 
about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness, Suite 3900, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317 and website. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the public. Commissions, 
boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business. This 
ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open 
to the people's review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a 
violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro by mail to Interim Administrator, Sunshine Ordinance 
Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 
554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

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San Francisco Arts Commission 

May 16 

VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 330A 



Agenda 

1 . Consent 

1 . Motion to approve the six final designs by Artist Helena Keefe for the 
Art on Market Street program to be reproduced and installed in twenty 
four kiosks on Market Street between Van Ness Avenue and the 
Embarcadero from July 16th to November 8th, 2007. 

2. Bill Fontana Project 

Nancy Gonchar 

Discussion regarding Bill Fontana Project. 

3. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Susan Pontious 

Discussion of Link building gate as a potential art project site. 

Discussion of feasibility Cliff Garten handrail. 

Motion: Motion to approve Link Building as an art project site. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a 
$3,000 design contract with Diana Pumpelly Bates for the Link Building gate. 

4. Gallery Report 

Meg Shiffler 

Power Point presentation on the next gallery exhibition Conversation 4: Jillian 

Mcdonald & Mark Lee Morris. 

Motion: Motion to approve an honorarium to Mark Lee Morris for $1000 and an 
honorarium to Jillian Mcdonald for $1000 for their participation in the SFAC 
Gallery exhibition Conversation 4: Jillian Mcdonald & Mark Lee Morris (June 
29 - August 25, 2007). 

5. Collections Report 
Marcus Davies 

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tapestry by Hal Painter and one unidentified textile, due to severe insect 
infestation and resulting damage. 

Motion: Motion to deaccession from the Civic Art Collection one untitled 
tapestry by Hal Painter and one unidentified textile, due to severe insect 
infestation and resulting damage. 

6. San Francisco International Airport 

Susan Pontious 

Presentation of Airport Collection activities 

Staff report 

Motion: Motion to approve design development documents and materials by 
Artist Joyce Hsu for International Terminal Airport Gate room wall. 

Motion: Motion to approve relocation of Robert Hudson's Horse of a Different 
Color to Gate Room 1 in Boarding Area A. 

7. Zoo 

Suson Pontious 

Discussion of TAXA, a suite of suite of six prints, individually entitled Gone, 
Back, Ascendent, Descendent, Collection and Trade, by Isabella Kirkland, for 
an amount not to exceed $15,000 for the San Francisco Zoo. 

Motion: Motion to approve purchase of TAXA, a suite of six prints, individually 
entitled Gone, Back, Ascendent, Descendent, Collection and Trade, by Isabella 
Kirkland, for an amount not to exceed $15,000 for the San Francisco Zoo 
pending zoo approval. 

8. Third Street Light Rail Art Enrichment Program 

Judy Moran 

Motion: Motion to approve the installation of and accept into the Civic Art 
Collection the artworks designed for and installed on the 28 T-Third Street 
Light Rail transit platforms by three Artist Teams, including Bill and Mary 
Buchen (Mission Bay); Horace Washington, Frederick Hayes, and JoeSam 
(Bayview Hunters Point); and Anita Margrill and Nobuho Nagasawa (Visitacion 
Valley and the standard pole mounted sculptures), to include 28 pole mounted 
metal sculptures (9 specialty pole mounted sculptures and 19 standard pole 
mounted sculptures); 10 sets of metal laser cut panel canopy shadow casters; 
metal, mosaic tile, granite, and sandblasted and painted paving insets on 14 
platforms; and 20 windscreen posters; as well as an additional 40 windscreen 
posters designed by 14 youth as part of the Third Street Light Rail Youth Arts 
Program. 

9. Potrero Branch Library 

Judy Moran 

Presentation of a preliminary proposal by artist Gina Telcocci for an artwork 

for the renovated Potrero Branch Library. 

Motion: Motion to approve the preliminary proposal by artist Gina Telcocci for 
an artwork for the renovated Potrero Branch Library and to approve the artist 
proceeding to Design Development. 

10. Ingleside Branch Library 

Judy Moran 

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new Ingleside Branch Library. 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised proposal by artist Eric Powell for an 
artwork for the new Ingleside Branch Library and to approve the artist 
proceeding to Design Development. 

1 1 . Harvey Milk Center 

Tonia Macneil 
Staff Report 

Request for approval of design development for artwork at Harvey Milk 
Recreational Center. 

Motion: Motion to approve design development for artwork at Harvey Milk 
Recreational Center. 

12. Juniper Serra Playground 
Tonia Macneil 

Staff Report 

Recommendation of approval of artist Bean Finneran's proposal. 

Motion: Motion to approve conceptual proposal by Bean Finneran for tile 
artwork for the facade of Junipero Serra Playground, pending evidence of 
support from the Friends of Junipero Serra Playground. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into 
contract with Bean Finneran for the completion of design development, 
fabrication, transportation, and installation of artwork at Junipero Serra 
Playground, for an amount not to exceed $23,000. 

13. Central Subway 

J/7/ Manton/ Judy Moran and John Funghi, MTA Project Manager 
Presentation and overview of scope of project 

14. Public Art Policy Discussion 
J/7/ Manton 

Discussion regarding threshold for Arts Commission approval of temporary 
projects. 

15. PUC Art Enrichment Efforts 

J/7/ Manton 

Presentation of updated information regarding the following Public Art 

projects: 

Civic Center- Ned Kahn 

Lake Merced Site Profile - Susan Schwartzenberg 

Randall Museum - Competition/Solicitation Underway 

McLaren Park - Request for Commission Liaison for Selection Panel 

Embarcadero Pier 14 Site - Status of Search and Selection of Proposed Artwork 

Ferry Park - Next Steps 

Temporary Projects in Natural Settings - Presentation of selected submissions 

for consideration 

16. Moscone Center West 
J/7/ Manton 

Discussion of art project repair. 

17. McLaren Park 

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Discussion regarding McLaren Park project development and general approach 
for projects. 

Motion: Motion to approve recommended approach for McLaren Park project 
development 

18. New Business 

19. Old Business 

20. Adjournment 

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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Ellen Shershow(415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic, devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness, Suite 220, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 252-3100, fax (415) 252-3112 and website . 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro by mail to Interim 
Administrator, Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 
244, San Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; 
or by email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a 
copy from Ms. Destro or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative 
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Wednesday, May 16, 2007 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



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DOCUMENTS DEPT. 
JUN - 1 2007 

SAN FRANCISCO 
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Commissioners Present: Jeannine Przyblyski, Lawrence Rinder, Leonard 
Hunter 

Absent: Pop Zhao, Dede Wilsey 

Staff Present: Regina Almaguer, Marcus Davies, Nancy Gonchar, Joyce 
Grimm, Tonia Macneil, Jill Manton, Judy Moran, Ellen Shershow, Susan 
Pontious 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 

The meeting commenced at 3:25 p.m. 

1 . Consent 

1. Motion to approve the six final poster designs by artist Helena Keeffe 
for the Art on Market Street program to be reproduced and installed in 
twenty-four kiosks on Market Street between Van Ness Avenue and the 
Embarcadero from July 16 to November 8, 2007. 

Motion: Motion to adopt the consent calendar items. 
Moved: Hunter/Rinder 

2. Bill Fontana Project 

This discussion was continued to the Executive Committee meeting 

3. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Project Manager Susan Pontious presented plans for a new gate in front of 
the Link Building at Laguna Honda Hospital. Ms. Pontious stated the staff 
at Laguna Honda Hospital expressed interest in an artist-designed gate, as 
opposed to the originally planned standard roll-down gate. The budget for 
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Ms. Pontious recommended Diana Pumpelly Bates as an excellent 
candidate to design this gate. Ms. Bates was one of three finalists for the 
Joseph Lee Recreational Center as well as the Pulgas gate project, and as 
such has already been vetted by the Commission. Commissioner Hunter 
stated that he was on the panel for the Joseph Lee Recreational Center and 
found Ms. Bates' work to be of high quality. 

Ms. Pontious presented her investigations into the feasibility of the Cliff 
Garten handrail. She explained that Mr. Garten had originally planned to 
work with a colored urethane material, but after consulting with three 
other fabricators, Ms. Pontious discovered that toxic materials were used 
in the fabrication, which was one of the reasons the cost was so high. In 
addition, some fabricators raised questions about the feasibility of the 
metal inserts and the likely difficulty of making any future repairs. Ms. 
Pontious stated that this handrail is meant to lead visually impaired people 
and to provide a tactile stimulus. For reasons associated with the high cost 
and experimental nature of the fabrication process and the potential 
challenges of future repairs, Ms. Pontious recommended researching 
bronze as an alternate material. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she appreciated the switch to bronze, 
explaining that she had concerns regarding the technical aspects of the 
urethane material. Ms. Pontious went on to explain that Mr. Garten is 
excited as bronze is more malleable than urethane and will therefore give 
him the freedom to be more playful in his design. Mr. Garten will rethink 
the handrail design based on the new bronze material. 

Commissioner Przyblyski closed the discussion by stating that Laguna 
Honda Hospital will not have a bond measure like this again in our 
lifetime, and that she is pleased with the lasting legacy we will be leaving. 

Motion: Motion to approve Link Building gate entry as an art project site. 
Moved: Hunter/Rinder 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Interim Director of Cultural Affairs to 
enter into a $3,000 design contract with Diana Pumpelly Bates for the 
Link Building entry gate. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

4. Gallery Report 

Meg Shiffler 

PowerPoint presentation on the next gallery exhibition, Conversation 4: 

Jillian Mcdonald & Mark Lee Morris 

As Gallery Director Meg Shiffler was unable to attend the Visual Arts 
Committee meeting, Joyce Grimm, Gallery Assistant, appeared in her 
place and distributed a press release statement for Conversation 4: Jillian 
Mcdonald & Mark Lee Morris. Commissioner Przyblyski stated that Ms. 
Shiffler has an impressive and successful track record, and, based on that, 
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Motion: Motion to approve an honorarium to Mark Lee Morris for $1000 
and an honorarium to Jillian Mcdonald for $1000 for their participation in 
the SFAC Gallery exhibition Conversation 4: Jillian Mcdonald & Mark 
Lee Morris (June 29-August 25, 2007). 

Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

5. Collections Report 

Collections Registrar Marcus Davies reported on a plan to deaccession 
from the Civic Art Collection one untitled tapestry by Hal Painter and one 
unidentified textile, due to severe insect infestation and resulting damage. 

Mr. Davies stated that he and Civic Art Collection Intern Jaime Diamonds 
had discovered two damaged textiles while conducting an inventory of 
artwork for an exhibition at the San Francisco International Airport. The 
first textile was purchased at the 1955 Arts Festival, and has since 
deteriorated very badly, to the extent that a colony of moths was found 
infesting the piece. Mr. Davies stated that the item is unsuitable for 
exhibition and appears to be beyond repair, and that the moth infestation is 
such that the item is a hazard to other objects in the Civic Art Collection 
storage. The second textile is currently unidentified and bears no name, 
title or accession number, though it appears to be from approximately the 
same period as the Painter textile. Mr. Davies reported that he conducted a 
detailed comparison between the object and all records for textiles within 
the Civic Collection, but was unable to positively identify the textile in 
question. This second piece is also infested and unsuitable for exhibition, 
and the cost of repair would most likely exceed the fair market value of 
the piece. 

Mr. Davies explained to the Commissioners that the Civic Art Collection 
mission specifically states that objects should be exhibited to the public. 
With this in mind, it does not appear to be in the public interest to 
maintain objects that cannot be displayed. Mr. Davies went on to explain 
that he spoke to Deputy City Attorney Adine Varah, and that it is her 
opinion that artworks purchased rather than gifted are not subject to any 
deaccession restrictions. The unknown provenance of the second piece 
presents more of a problem in regard to deaccessioning. 

Commissioners Rinder and Przyblyski both agreed that a professional 
conservator should examine both textiles and assess actual damage and the 
possibility and cost of repair. Commissioner Przyblyski continued that it 
will behoove the Civic Art Collection, and by extension the Arts 
Commission, to move forward in a positive manner and to establish 
standard professional practices in dealing with this kind of situation. If 
these pieces are lost to the Collection because we lacked the ability to 
maintain healthy art storage practices, we should take this as an 
opportunity to correct our storage strategies. All of the Commissioners 
expressed concern regarding the unknown provenance of the second piece, 
and asked that Mr. Davies conduct research and contact a conservator to 
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specific results of the deaccession process. 

This motion was approved based on the assumption that research will be 
conducted on both pieces to identify the actual value (and provenance in 
the case of the unidentified textile) prior to the deaccession process, and 
that a professional conservator will examine both pieces. 
Motion: Motion to deaccession from the Civic Art Collection one untitled 
tapestry by Hal Painter and one unidentified textile, due to severe insect 
infestation and resulting damage. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

6. San Francisco International Airport 

Project Manager Susan Pontious presented two items related to the art 
program at the San Francisco International Airport. For the first, she 
introduced artist Joyce Hsu. 

Ms. Hsu presented her final design for her gate room project at the San 
Francisco International Airport. Ms. Hsu explained the components of her 
design for the wall-mounted flower and insect sculpture. She reported that 
she has designed structural steel frames upon which other elements will be 
mounted. These frames will function as a base layer; the second layer will 
be made up of laser-cut aluminum sheets attached to the frames; and the 
third layer, attached to the aluminum sheets, will be made up of insects 
and flowers. Ms. Hsu presented scaled cardboard models of flowers and 
insects to the Commissioners. In all, the piece will contain six flowers and 
twelve insects, all mounted at various angles on the cut aluminum sheets. 
Commissioner Hunter commented that he very much enjoyed the playful 
aspect of this work, adding that the dragonflies call to mind children's 
model airplanes. 

Motion: Motion to approve design development documents and materials 
by Artist Joyce Hsu for International Terminal Airport Gate Room wall. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

Ms. Pontious reported that the painting Horse of a Different Color by 
Robert Hudson has been hung in a less-than-ideal location for several 
years. Its current location, in Terminal 3, is in an obscure part of the 
airport, and it is hung so high that viewers often do not see it. She 
presented a photograph of the installation to illustrate her point. Ms. 
Pontious stated that she has been searching for a new location for some 
time within the airport, and has finally identified a proposed new site for 
the painting, in Gate Room A-l. Gate Room A-l will open in September, 
2007. This gate room is adjacent to Gate Rooms 3 and 5 where new works 
by Hung Liu and Joyce Hsu will be located. The walls in the new location 
are approximately eleven feet high, requiring the City to add a frame and a 
glass or Plexiglas box to this formerly unframed painting. The total cost, 
including uninstalling, reinstalling, framing and glass or Plexiglas would 
be approximately $10,000-$ 15,000. 

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Moved: Hunter/Rinder 

7. Zoo 

Ms. Pontious reported on the public art activities at the San Francisco Zoo. 
She reported that Gwynn Murrill completed her life-size bronze sculptures 
of a tiger and a cougar in 2002, and that they are beginning to show signs 
of age due to the popularity of the artwork. The funds we have available 
for the Zoo are bond money, and therefore cannot be used for 
maintenance. This is an ongoing issue for the Arts Commission involving 
all bond-funded public art projects. 

In order to use the remaining bond funds before they expire, Ms. Pontious 
proposed that the Commission consider the acquisition of TAXA, a suite of 
six prints, individually entitled Gone, Back, Ascendent, Descendent, 
Collection and Trade, by Isabella Kirkland. These elaborate, richly 
colored prints will hang in the Zoo's Great Hall, a location that is used for 
events, parties and educational programs. The Commissioners agreed that 
these were wonderful prints, and perfectly suited for the Zoo. 

Motion: Motion to approve purchase of TAXA, a suite of six prints, 
individually entitled Gone, Back, Ascendent, Descendent, Collection and 
Trade, by Isabella Kirkland, for an amount not to exceed $15,000 for the 
San Francisco Zoo pending Zoo approval. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

8. Third Street Light Rail Art Enrichment Program 

Project Manager Judy Moran was pleased to report that the Third Street 
Light Rail Project is completed. She has worked on the Art Enrichment for 
the Project for the past ten years. Ms. Moran read the Third Street Light 
Rail Art Enrichment design principles, prepared by Arts Commission staff 
in cooperation with Muni staff in 1997: 

-Enhance the quality of the transit experience for passengers. 

-Reflect the City's enduring commitment to high quality design of civic 

space 

-Create an overall systemwide identity as well as distinguishing 

characteristics unique to each station. 

-Develop artwork that meets the City's safety and ADA standards, is 

durable, graffiti- and stain-resistant, and easily maintained. 

-Explore ways that functional elements and passenger amenities can be 

designed by artists. 

-Work closely with communities adjacent to the light rail line to provide 

numerous opportunities for them to provide feedback and input for all art 

enrichment projects. 

The Arts Commission worked with three artist teams to design and 
fabricate artwork for each of the 28 Third Street Light Rail platforms, with 
ten platforms in more heavily trafficked areas receiving more public art 
elements. Ms. Moran presented images from each of these ten platforms, 
including pole-mounted sculptures, canopy shadow casters, paving 
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requested that Ms. Moran make this presentation at the June full 
Commission meeting, commenting that the Public Art Program's major 
projects should be shared with the full Commission. Ms. Moran will 
therefore present this project at the Monday, June 4, 2007 full 
Commission meeting. 

Due to Commissioner Przybly ski's request, the following motion will be 
revised and continued to the full Commission meeting on June 4, 2007. At 
Public Art Program Director Jill Manton 's suggestion, the windscreen 
posters will not be accepted into the Civic Art Collection because they are 
long-term temporary rather than permanent artworks. 

Motion: Motion to approve the installation of and accept into the Civic 
Art Collection the series of permanent public artworks designed for and 
installed on the 28 T-Third Street Light Rail transit platforms by the three 
Third Street Light Rail Artist Teams, including Bill and Mary Buchen 
(Mission Bay); Horace Washington, Frederick Hayes, and JoeSam 
(Bay view Hunters Point); and Anita Margrill and Nobuho Nagasawa 
(Visitacion Valley and the standard pole mounted sculptures), to include 
28 pole mounted metal sculptures (9 specialty pole mounted sculptures 
and 19 standard pole mounted sculptures); and 10 sets of metal laser cut 
panel canopy shadow casters; metal, mosaic tile, granite, and sandblasted 
and painted paving insets on 14 platforms. 

Motion: Motion to approve the long-term temporary installation in 
windscreen display cases on the 28 T-Third Street Light Rail platforms of 
20 posters designed by the three Third Street Light Rail Artist Teams, 
including Bill and Mary Buchen (Mission Bay); Horace Washington, 
Frederick Hayes, and JoeSam (Bayview Hunters Point); and Anita 
Margrill and Nobuho Nagasawa (Visitacion Valley), as well as 40 posters 
designed by 14 youth as part of the Third Street Light Rail Youth Arts 
Program. 

9. Potrero Branch Library 

This item was continued to a future Visual Arts Committee meeting. 

10. Ingleside Branch Library 

This item was continued to a future Visual Arts Committee meeting. 

1 1 . Harvey Milk Center 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil reported on the design development phase 
for artwork at the Harvey Milk Recreational Center. The Recreational Arts 
Center is located near Duboce Park and serves multiple communities. The 
artists have proposed to place artwork at several locations throughout the 
building. Conceptually, the artists feel it makes sense to have different 
kinds of work throughout, as the Recreation Center itself is a 
conglomeration of different activities. In the lobby leading to the 
performance venue at Harvey Milk, the artists will create a number of 
vitrines that contain artifacts from the Center s large collections, including 
such items as costumes made years ago by mothers for their children and 
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remembered with images from his life integrated into the window wall and 
into a freestanding ladder-like sculpture that includes a camera obscura 
focused on the park. At the entrance to the photography studio on the 
lower level, a montage of photographs from past and present users of the 
darkroom will be integrated into the window wall. The artists have 
proposed an additional element: a phrase excerpted from the writings of 
Harvey Milk in very large type for the rear wall of the building facing the 
park, to be painted a contrasting color to stand out from the wall. 

The Commissioners echoed their past response to this proposal, to the 
effect that the proposal seems fragmented. They questioned the lack of 
focus and visual impact. Commissioner Rinder remarked that the text for 
the back wall seemed too open-ended. Overall, the Commissioners felt 
that the information presented did not clearly indicate the specifics of each 
element and that a more developed presentation would be necessary, along 
with further thought about the overall impact of the art. 

This item was tabled pending further development of the presentation. 
Motion: Motion to approve design development for artwork at Harvey 
Milk Recreational Center. 

12. Juniper Serra Playground 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil reported on Artist Bean Finneran's 
proposal for Juniper Serra Playground. Ms. Macneil showed images of the 
playground, which includes a new children's play area and new clubhouse. 
Ms. Finneran proposes a mosaic tile piece above the door on the south 
side of this building. This colorful piece consists of 336 tiles in two shapes 
and varying shades of purple, orange, yellow, white and red. The artist has 
met with the building designers and the community and her approach and 
previous artwork were well-received. The Commissioners responded 
favorably to the design but thought that the colors needed to be modified. 

Motion: Motion to approve conceptual proposal by Bean Finneran for tile 
artwork for the facade of Junipero Serra Playground, pending evidence of 
support from the Friends of Junipero Serra Playground and resolution of 
final colors to be used. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into 
contract with Bean Finneran for the completion of design development, 
fabrication, transportation, and installation of artwork at Junipero Serra 
Playground, for an amount not to exceed $23,000. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

13. Central Subway 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton and Project Manager Judy Moran 
were joined by Municipal Transportation Authority ("MTA") Project 
Manager John Funghi and Kwan Henmi Architecture and Planning 
Director and Associate Robert Jansen to present an overview of the scope 
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Mr. Funghi began by explaining that the Central Subway will provide a 
north/south rail system for San Francisco. This began as part of the 'Four 
Corridors' plan in the early 1990's, and more recently has been buoyed by 
local and federal funding associated with the T-Third Street line. The plan 
was approved in June, 2005, when the San Francisco MTA adopted the 
1.7-mile Fourth Street/Stockton Street alignment with three subway 
stations: Moscone Station, Union Square/Market Street Station and 
Chinatown Station. The plan was then modified based on public input; 
consultants added a surface platform at Fourth and Brannan Streets and a 
construction variation into North Beach to allow for a future transit 
station. The North Beach variant will be utilized to help streamline 
underground construction for the subway station in Chinatown. The 
environmental review process is underway and will culminate with a 
Record of Decision ("ROD") constituting final environmental approval 
from the Federal Transit Administration in 2008. This approval will allow 
the agency to purchase the property necessary for the construction. 
Following this, the utility contract should be sent out by the close of 2009, 
with construction continuing through 2015. The subway will be 
operational by 2016, and will relieve 'pain points' in the current T-Third 
Street line, including providing extra service to the ball park during 
games. By 2030, the Central Subway is estimated to carry over 90,000 
riders per day. 

Mr. Jansen reported that the architectural design of the stations has just 
begun, so now is the perfect time to begin thinking about art elements. 
Ninety-nine percent of the construction is taking place underground, 
providing very little daylight. The Union Square/Market Street station will 
be the deepest underground, as it will need to go below the existing Bart 
and MUNI lines. This depth will provide a vaulted ceiling, along with a 
very long corridor that will stretch from Union Square to Powell Street, 
both of which could inspire art elements. At this time, it is not clear 
whether or not the corridor will include commercial enterprise, though the 
MTA is working in partnership with Macy's Department store, and hopes 
to include an entrance similar to the one that currently exists between 
Bloomingdales and the Powell Street Bart/MUNI station. 

The Chinatown subway station will be very different, including an arched 
form on the roof, as well as being the crossover station to change direction 
from northbound to southbound. During phase 3, it may be possible to 
extend the subway to North Beach from the Chinatown Station. 

Mr. Jansen completed his presentation with a brief description of the 
Moscone Station. This station will be similar to Union Square and 
Chinatown, though it is too early in the process to point to unique 
architectural elements. Mr. Jansen added that they will produce 3-D digital 
models of all of the stations, providing the opportunity for virtual tours. 

Ms. Manton wrapped up the presentation by reporting that while we have 
an approved Central Subway artist pool, we would like to do additional 
recruiting due to the long delay in beginning this process. She added that 
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Subway project to fruition and that the art enrichment budget has yet to be 
finalized. Commissioner Przyblyski commented that this is a very exciting 
opportunity. 

14. Public Art Policy Discussion 

This item was continued to a future Visual Arts Committee Meeting. 

1 5. PUC Art Enrichment Efforts 

Ms. Manton updated the Commissioners on a variety of Public Utility 
Commission (PUC) Art Enrichment Efforts. Eula Walters, a member of 
the public, commented on Ferry Park. Ms. Walters expressed her concern 
regarding the sort of art that would be placed, as well as the manner in 
which funds would be used. Ms. Walters voiced additional concerns 
regarding the naming of the park and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and 
the Vaillancourt Fountain. Because these items were not on the published 
Visual Arts Committee May agenda, the Commission was not able to 
comment on these additional issues. 

Ms. Manton reported that the PUC has approved the use of funds to 
temporarily install the Louise Bourgeois Spider sculpture on the 
Embarcadero Pier 14 site, pending Port Commission approval. The Arts 
Commission is working with Gallery Paule Anglim and the Port 
Commission to establish a loan period, discuss permit conditions and other 
details. If all goes as planned, the Spider will be installed in early to mid- 
November, 2007, and remain in place for several months. The 
Commissioners spoke for some time regarding various safety and security 
issues inherent in displaying a sculpture such as this. The Commissioners 
agreed that if stanchions had to be added to the perimeter of the sculpture, 
an alternate site should be found. If stanchions do not have to be used, Pier 
14 is the ideal spot. 

Ms. Manton closed by showing the work of artist John Melvin, whose 
work she discovered in response to an ongoing solicitation on the Arts 
Commission's website for Temporary Project in Natural Settings. Mr. 
Melvin, a San Francisco-based artist, submitted images that document a 
series of transparent scrims installed above a stream in Pont Aven, France, 
in 2005. Ms. Manton talked at length about the environmental impact of 
this work, and the possibility of installing a similar piece in Lake Merced. 
The Commissioners found the work to be quite beautiful. Commissioner 
Hunter commented that it brought to mind the work of Robert Irwin. Ms. 
Manton asked for an indication of interest from the Visual Arts Committee 
to allow her to pursue discussions with the artist and other City 
departments with jurisdiction over the site. 

16. Moscone Center West 

This item was continued to a future Visual Arts Committee meeting. 

17. McLaren Park 

Project Manager Regina Almaguer and Director Jill Manton reported on 
the McLaren Park project, which is funded with Public Utility 
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Replacement Project, among others. Approximately $140,000 is available 
for many artwork opportunities at the park, including providing visitors 
with new ways of experiencing the history and ecology of the park, 
interactive artworks that will continue to engage visitors, and way-finding 
elements to guide visitors through the park's myriad paths and trails. This 
project has been on the public art program roster for some time now, 
waiting for staff to commence work on the project. We have currently 
reopened the RFQ and have received approximately 30 applications. Ms. 
Almaguer stated that she would like to select five finalists to do proposals. 
Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she would prefer a single artist to 
produce an artwork that might have multiple components, rather than 
multiple, smaller art projects by different artists. 

Motion: Motion to approve recommended approach for McLaren Park 
project development. 
Moved: Hunter/Rinder 

18. New Business 

There was no new business 

19. Old Business 

There was no old business 

20. Adjournment 

As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:41 p.m. 
Submitted by Ellen Shershow, Public Art Program Associate 
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1. Consent 

1 . Motion to approve H.O.M.E.Y design proposal for a mural at 24 th and 
Capp streets. 

2. Gallery Report 
Meg Shiffler 

Presentation of the upcoming exhibit, Conversations 4, and of the current 
Grove Street window installation, Renee Gertler: Flood. 

Motion: Motion to approve an additional artist honorarium in the amount 
of $3,000 for Mark Lee Morris for his participation in the upcoming 
Conversations 4 exhibition. This additional amount will increase his total 
honorarium from the previously approved $1,000 to $4,000. 

Motion: Motion to approve an honorarium in the amount of $500 to artist 
Renee Gertler for her participation in Renee Gertler: Flood dX the Grove 
Street window installation site. 

3. Portola Library 
Judy Moron 

Presentation of final design for Portola Branch Library by artist Dana Zed. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final design of four glass and metal panel 
shutters for the Portola Branch Library by artist Dana Zed, and to authorize 
the artist to move to the fabrication phase of her artwork. 



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Presentation on Takenobu Igarashi's artworks for Laguna Honda Hospital 

and Cliff Garten's revised handrail design. 

Motion: Motion to approve the following mock-ups of Takenobu 

Igarashi's artworks for Laguna Honda Hospital: 

-Living Room terra cotta artwork 

-Dining Room terra cotta artwork 

-Residence Floor artwork 

-Residence Floor artwork 

-Residence Floor terra cotta artwork 

-Atrium Sculpture 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised scope for Cliff Garten's sculptural 
handrail to include the link and knuckle buildings (600 LFT), and to 
include bronze as the revised material. 

5. Civic Art Collection Guidelines 

Susan Pont ions 

Presentation of revised Civic Art Collection guidelines. 

Staff report 

Motion: Motion to approve the June, 2007, revised guidelines for the 
Civic Art Collection. 



6. Collections 

Susan Pontious 

Presentation of the re-gilding of the bust of Giuseppe Verdi monument by 

Ozario Grossoni, and of the re-fabrication of one new plaque to replace the 

two missing original plaques. 

Staff report 

Motion: Motion to approve re-gilding the bust of Giuseppe Verdi 
monument by Ozario Grossoni in order to restore the sculpture according 
to the artist's original intent, and to re-fabricate one new plaque to replace 
the two missing original plaques. 

7. Central Subway 

Jill Manton/Judy Mo ran 

Discussion of the timing and coordination of architecturally integrated 
artwork. Request for suggestions of additional artists to recruit for 
architecturally integrated artwork. 

Motion: Motion to authorize staff to proceed with first round of artist 
selections for artworks that will be integral to construction using pre- 
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Motion: Motion to approve the following candidates to serve on the artist 
selection panels for the Central Subway transit stations: representatives 
from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for 
the Arts. Museum of the African Diaspora, the Asian Art Museum, and the 
Jewish Museum; as well as the Chinatown Community Development 
Center, the Union Square Association, and the Yerba Buena Alliance. 

8. Louise Bourgeois Temporary Sculpture on the Embarcadero at Pier 
14 

Jill Manton 

Report on project negotiations and logistics. 

Motion: Motion to approve the temporary exhibition of a sculpture 
entitled '"Crouching Spider" by artist Louise Bourgeois in the Pier 14 Plaza 
along the Embarcadero for a period not to exceed one year, commencing 
November, 2007, pending approval from the Port Commission and 
resolution of issues regarding liability, safety and security. 

9. Public Art Policy Discussion 

Jill Manton 

Discussion regarding threshold for Arts Commission approval of 

temporary projects. 

Discussion regarding community involvement in setting project priorities. 

10. "Endangered Garden" at Sunnydale Pump Station 

Jill Manton 

Discussion regarding Art Commission's ability to sustain project and 

future options. 

Motion: Motion to approve ADA required hand rail design. 

1 1 . Transbay Terminal 

Jill Manton 

Discussion of the staff and Commission role in public art program 

management. 

12. PUC Various Art Endeavors 

Jill Manton 

Temporary Projects in Natural Settings — Review of Dan Corson as 

possible artist candidate to be invited to develop a proposal. 

Lake Merced Site Profile — Susan Schwartzenberg. 

13. Sunnyside Conservatory 
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14. PublicArt Reports 
Jill Manton 

Moscone Center West — Report on meeting with engineers and proposed 
course of action. 

Moscone Recreation Center — Report on 'climability mock-up* and current 
status of interaction with Recreation and Park Department. 

Academy of Sciences — Report on progress of Maya Lin's work. 

Percent for Art in Private Development. 

525 Golden Gate Avenue — Report on Ned Kahn's preliminary design of 
sculptural wind turbines for the north facade of 525 Golden Gate Avenue. 

15. New Business 

16. Old Business 

17. Adjournment 



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Wednesday, June 20, 2007 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 

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Commissioners Present: APR 1 6 2008 

Leonard Hunter, Jeannene Przyblyski, Dede Wilsey, Pop Zhao SAN FRANPI^PO 

Absent: Lawrence Rinder p|JBL|c L|BRARy 

Staff Present: 

Carol Marie Daniels, Marcus Davies,Nancy Gonchar, Tonia Macneil, Jill Manton, Judy Moran, Susan 
Pontious, Ellen Shershow, Meg Shiffler 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 

The meeting commenced at 3:03 p.m. 

1. Consent 

1. Motion to approve H.O.M.E.Y. design proposal for a mural at 24th and Capp Streets. 

Motion: Motion to adopt the consent calendar items. 
Moved: Hunter/Wilsey 

2. Gallery Report 

Gallery Director Meg Shiffler presented the upcoming exhibit, Conversations 4, and the current 
Grove Street window installation, Renee Gertler: Flood. 

Ms. Shiffler stated that Conversations 4 is an ongoing series of exhibitions at the San Francisco 
Arts Commission Gallery featuring a local artist alongside an artist from another point on the 
globe. The intent of this series is twofold: on an intimate level it allows for a closer look at the 
production of two individual artists, and it also informs an expansive perspective of how artists 
from our region participate in an international contemporary art dialogue. Conversation 4 features 
San Francisco-based artist Mark Lee Morris and New York-based artist Jillian Mcdonald. 

Ms. Shiffler stated that she conceived of the upcoming exhibition based on the notion of celebrity, 
and how this is affected by the media, reality TV and the internet. 

Artist Jillian Mcdonald has literally edited herself into Billy Bob Thornton movies by replacing Mr. 
Thornton's female costars with clips of herself. Ms. Mcdonald has chosen silent but passionate 
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Artist Mark Lee Morris will work in the Grove Street window space to create a series of soap opera 
episodes. These one- to three-minute episodes will be on view at the Gallery, and downloadable 
via the Gallery website. The episodes will each deal with tragedies and steamy love scenes in 
which Mr. Morris plays all of the characters himself. 

Artist Renee Gertler has created an installation that is currently on view in the Grove Street 
window. Ms. Gertler has been creating fantastical recreations of natural phenomena. In this 
installation, she has painted wood splinters blue, creating a river that begins at a single point in 
the ceiling and streams down toward the floor. 

Motion: Motion to approve an additional artist honorarium in the amount of $3,000 for Mark Lee 
Morris for his participation in the upcoming Conversations 4 exhibition. This additional amount will 
increase his total honorarium from the previously approved $1,000 to $4,000. 
Moved: Hunter/Wilsey 

Motion: Motion to approve an honorarium in the amount of $500 to artist Renee Gertler for her 
participation in Renee Gertler: Flood at the Grove Street window installation site. 
Moved: Wilsey/Zhao 

3. Portola Library 

Public Art Project Manager Judy Moran introduced Portola Branch Library artist Dana Zed. 

Ms. Zed presented the final design for the Portola Branch Library. She stated that she has 
designed four rotating shutters for the front window of the library. The library shutters measure 
two feet wide by eight feet tall. The inspiration for the design of the shutters was the result of a 
Portola community meeting. Ms. Zed explained that many of the people who attended this 
meeting had lived in the area their entire lives, and remembered when the landscape was lush 
with plant life, and there were many nurseries in the area. This led Ms. Zed to design a colorful 
flower motif. Ms. Zed showed a number of samples, and stated that her working style tends to be 
very process-oriented, making it difficult for her to plan the design specifics in advance. Ms. Moran 
requested that the Commission approve the current design, and that a Commissioner visit Ms. 
Zed's studio to approve the later stages of the finished shutters. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that the current design shows a strong sense of direction; that the 
library is a contemporary building and that Ms. Zed's aesthetic will add a strong sense of warmth. 
Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she feels comfortable approving the design as it is, and is not 
too concerned with small details, an orange flower being replaced with a blue one, for example. 

Ms. Zed concluded by detailing some of the technical aspects of the project, She explained that 
the glass will be tempered, will be approximately 3/8" thick, with a stainless steel frame structure. 
The shutters will be easy to clean and the colors will not fade with time. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final design of four glass and metal panel shutters for the Portola 
Branch Library by artist Dana Zed, and to authorize the artist to move to the fabrication phase of 
her artwork. 
Moved: Wilsey/Zhao 

4. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Project Manager Susan Pontious presented Takenobu Igarashi's artworks for Laguna Honda 
Hospital and Cliff Garten's revised handrail design. 



Ms. Pontious passed around terra cotta samples from artist Takenobu Igarashi. She explained that 
these will vary in thickness and texture, with some being lighter and some being darker. Ms. 
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that she had concerns regarding graffiti removal from these objects; she will consult with ARG 
Conservation Services regarding anti-graffiti coatings that will protect the objects without affecting 
the color of the wood. The discussion continued regarding the use of wood. Commissioner Wilsey 
stated that she was concerned about splinters, particularly because Mr. Igarashi would like people 
to be able to touch the wood objects. The Commissioners voiced additional concerns regarding the 
color terra cotta samples intended for the residence building. Ms. Pontious will research these 
concerns and bring the specified samples to a future Visual Arts Committee meeting. 

Ms. Pontious reported on Mr. Garten's revised handrail design. She stated that Mr. Garten has 
submitted a revised budget, indicating the cost of bronze versus polyurethane and the 
corresponding length of the handrail. Mr. Garten's current design proposes a 600 foot handrail. 
This will be enough to travel the 'knuckle' between the Link building and the historic building, so 
long as the brackets are constructed from stainless steel. The discussion continued as to the cost, 
look and durability of various materials. 

This motion has been amended 

Motion: Motion to approve the following mock-ups of Takenobu Igarashi's artworks for Laguna 

Honda Hospital: 

-Living Room terra cotta artwork 

-Dining Room terra cotta artwork 

-Residence Floor artwork 

-Residence Floor artwork 

The following items will be approved at a future Visuals Arts Committee meeting: 
-Residence Floor terra cotta artwork 
-Atrium Sculpture color sample 
Moved: Hunter/Zhao 

Motion: Motion to approve the revised scope for Cliff Garten's sculptural handrail to include the 
link and knuckle buildings (600 linear ft.), and to include bronze as the revised material. 
Moved: Wilsey/Zhao 

5. Civic Art Collection Guidelines 

Project Manager Susan Pontious presented the revised Civic Art Collection guidelines, which added 
language to provide a mission statement and goals for the Civic Art Collection. 

Ms. Pontious reviewed the proposed goals with the Committee. She compared and contrasted 
them to the SFO collection guidelines, which are more specific in terms of historic time periods. 
Commissioner Przyblyski had several very specific edits which were incorporated into the 
guidelines. 

The following motion was approved per Commissioner Przyblyski's revised guideline edits: 
Motion: Motion to approve the June, 2007, revised guidelines for the Civic Art Collection. 
Moved: Zhao/Wilsey 

6. Collections 

Project Manager Susan Pontious presented the recommendation to regild the bust of Giuseppe 
Verdi monument by Ozario Grossoni, and to refabricate one new plaque to replace the two missing 
original plaques. 

Ms. Pontious showed several slides of the monument both before and after conservation efforts. 
She stated that the bronze figures and base were thoroughly cleaned of corrosion, algae, and 
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inscriptions on the pedestal. The conservator did not complete work on the actual Verdi bust due 
to the discovery of clear evidence that that part of the sculpture was also once gilded. The 
conservator's recommendation was that the Verdi bust should be regilded in keeping with the 
artist's original intent . 

In addition, the sculpture originally had two bronze plaques which were present at the time of the 
1994 Save Outdoor Sculpture (SOS!) survey. The text was recorded at that time, but there is 
some discrepancy about the validity of the text described for the plaque on the left side of the 
sculpture. The person who did the survey records the text as being the same as is incised on the 
back of the pedestal, but the length of the text is too long to fit on the "ghost" of the missing 
plaque. The conservator's recommendation is to recreate a plaque with the text attributed to the 
right side of the monument, and place it on the back of the monument. 

Ms. Pontious stated that it is less expensive to restore the monuments in Golden Gate Park than 
on Market Street, because, unlike Market Street, streets do not have to be closed off. 

The Commission felt strongly that it is an important part of our role to restore these monuments 
whenever possible. 

Motion: Motion to approve regilding the bust of Giuseppe Verdi monument by Ozario Grossoni in 
order to restore the sculpture according to the artist's original intent, and to refabricate one new 
plaque to replace the two missing original plaques. 
Moved: Hunter/Zhao 

7. Central Subway 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton and Project Manager Judy Moran presented a discussion of 
the timing and coordination of architecturally integrated artwork and requested suggestions of 
additional artists to recruit for architecturally integrated artwork. 

Ms. Manton and Ms. Moran introduced Tan Dieu Chow, Senior Community Organizer from the 
Chinatown Community Development Center. Mr. Chow stated that the Chinatown CDC will conduct 
a series of community meetings to discuss ways in which the public can be involved in this 
process. Mr. Chow stated that the project is ahead of schedule, and we therefore need to move 
forward with the first phase of architecturally integrated artwork. 

Ms. Moran and Ms. Manton went on to explain that the Public Art Program will pull from the 
current artists pool in addition to recruiting additional artists. The total budget is not yet finalized, 
but will likely be eleven to fifteen million dollars, including administrative costs. 

Commissioner Przyblyski commented that this is a significant opportunity for the Arts Commission, 
and that she would like to see a survey of artworks from transit programs nationally. She 
requested that this visual presentation be presented to the communities, Muni and the 
Commission when it is completed. In addition, Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she would like 
to see an assessment of the art opportunities available in the three Central Subway stations. She 
went on to say that while we are selecting artists this /ear, in 2007, the art elements will not be 
installed until 2011 or 2012. This means that many of the people who are selecting the artwork 
will not be at the Arts Commission for the installation or public reaction to the art. With this in 
mind, we need to take a long view of this project, and to "think outside the box" of current art 
trends during the selection process. In addition, an artist that we select now may change 
significantly in style and aesthetic over the next five years, yet that that artist will be tied to the 
design that they propose now. 

Ms. Manton and Ms. Moran stated that they have already begun to assemble images of transit 
artwork from different cities, and that they are prepared to do several site assessments. 

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Commissioner Hunter commented that the Commission should consider hiring an outside 
consultant to write a master plan, and Commissioner Zhao encouraged the Commission to look at 
the transit system in Milan, Italy, which includes a transit museum. The discussion continued 
regarding the ways in which art and commerce might be integrated in these sorts of 
indoor/outdoor public spaces. 

Tan Chow commented that the Chinatown community has been advocating for this sort of transit 
for twenty years, and that it represents more than simply linking Chinatown to downtown; it is 
about transforming a community. The community is viewing this as a mixed-use development, 
with the hope that it will increase foot traffic in areas such as Jackson Street, as well as 
revitalizing Chinatown as a whole. This is the largest redevelopment plan in the Northeast sector 
of San Francisco since the opening of the Broadway tunnel in 1952. It is Mr. Chow's hope that we 
therefore maximize the potential of this project by focusing on ways in which the community will 
benefit from it; for example, he suggested choosing young Asian artists who are already living 
here, rather than recruiting artists from China. 

Motion: Motion to authorize staff to proceed with first round of artist selections for artworks that 
will be integral to construction using the pre-qualified artists pool and additional recruited artists. 
Moved: Wilsey/Zhao 

This motion has been amended 

Motion: Motion to approve the following candidates to serve on the artist selection panels for the 
Central Subway transit stations: representatives from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of the African Diaspora, the Asian Art Museum, and the 
Jewish Museum; as well as the Chinatown Community Development Center, the Union Square 
Association, the Yerba Buena Alliance and other artists' spaces and community groups as 
appropriate. 
Moved: Hunter/Zhao 

8. Louise Bourgeois Temporary Sculpture on the Embarcadero at Pier 14 

Public Art Program Director Jill Mantonreported on project negotiations and logistics for the Louise 
Bourgeois Temporary Sculpture on the Embarcadero at Pier 14. 

Ms. Manton stated the Louise Bourgeois spider sculpture will be on display for approximately one 
year, and that in response to safety concerns the spider will be installed atop a large plinth. Ms. 
Bourgeois is amenable to this solution. The plinth will be low, perhaps four to six inches in height, 
but will serve as a physical barrier to protect the sculpture from skateboarders, shopping carts and 
the like. The Bourgeois studio will ship the sculpture in ten pieces, as when the entire sculpture is 
assembled it weighs approximately 5,000 pounds. 

Other spider sculptures from this series have already been installed at the Guggenheim Museum in 
Bilbao, the Tate Modern in London, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Acknowledging that these 
are very different contexts than San Francisco's Embarcadero, Ms. Manton has researched security 
concerns. Ms. Manton stated that there are seven security firms in the immediate vicinity of Pier 
14, so obtaining security services should not be difficult. In addition, we will plan to hire extra 
security for large events. Ms. Manton went on to say that she is currently preparing for the July 
17, 2007, Port Commission meeting, where we will ask for Port approval of the sculpture proposal. 

Motion: Motion to approve the temporary exhibition of a sculpture entitled Crouching Spider by 
artist Louise Bourgeois in the Pier 14 Plaza along the Embarcadero for a period not to exceed one 
year, commencing November, 2007, pending approval from the Port Commission and resolution of 
issues regarding liability, safety and security. 
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9. Public Art Policy Discussion 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton introduced a discussion regarding a threshold for Arts 
Commission approval of temporary projects. Ms. Manton stated that there is a grey area regarding 
whether or not the Commission needs to grant approval for smaller public art events or 
installations. Currently, we do not have any firm guidelines or policies in place, and tend to 
evaluate these events on a case-by-case basis. For example, last year an artist wanted to paint an 
elephant on a water tower in Potrero Hill. The project was not realized for other reasons, but there 
was some confusion on the part of Arts Commission staff as to whether the project was significant 
enough to warrant Arts Commission approval. 

The discussion continued as to whether projects of a certain size and duration needed to come to 
the Commission, and whether the Commission should be more specific regarding the criteria for 
such projects. The Commissioners concluded that staff should continue to evaluate these projects 
on a case-by-case basis and refer projects to the Commission for approval at staff's discretion. 

10. Endangered Garden at Sunnydale Pump Station 

P ublic Art Program Director Jill Manton reported on the Art Commission's ability to sustain the 
Endangered Garden at Sunnydale Pump Station project. Ms. Manton stated that this project was 
begun in 1987, making it one of her longest-running projects. Endangered Garden is based on the 
image of the San Francisco garter snake, a subspecies that has been on the endangered list since 
1967. The "snake" begins in the fields of Candlestick Cove, with the head and part of the body of 
the snake comprised of native plants; the body was originally intended to extend into the bay 
where it would help to rebuild historic shellfish beds. The native plants on dry land, in turn, were 
meant to become a butterfly habitat. Currently, we are working to make this area ADA-compliant, 
and have received funds from the Public Utilities Commission to modify the paving and to install a 
handrail. However, the more pressing issue is locating additional funds and the staff time to 
maintain the garden, which has been a challenge thus far. Ms. Manton stated that she has tried a 
number of different approaches: involving students from City College and the Bayview 
neighborhood, and paying a gardener to do basic weeding. These have been costly options that 
have not been sufficient to maintain the garden. Ms. Manton stated that we currently have no 
more funds to do even this basic maintenance. Complicating matters further, the garden sits on 
State property. Ms. Manton will contact the State Parks Department, but it is doubtful whether the 
State will agree to take over the ongoing care of the garden. 

The discussion continued for some time. The Commissioners agreed that art constructed from the 
landscape, much like murals on urban buildings, has a finite life span. It was unanimously agreed 
that Ms. Manton would contact the artist, the State, and a few other possible helpers, such as 
Friends of Candlestick Park and funders from San Francisco's unrealized Butterfly Museum, and 
report back to the Visual Arts Committee. 

Motion: Motion to approve ADA required handrail design for the Endangered Garden project at the 
Sunnydale Pump Station. 
Moved: Hunter/Zhao 

11. Transbay Terminal 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton reported on the staff andCommission role in public art 
program management at Transbay Terminal. Ms. Manton stated that the Public Art Program may 
take an unusual role in the artwork at Transbay in that we may serve as consultants. This means 
that we would lend our expertise in project management, but that the art proposals, design, and 
final installation would not necessarily be required to go through the Commission approval 
process, as the Transbay Terminal is a multijurisdictional project. The discussion continued for 
some time on this issue. It is currently not clear whether this arrangement is set, and whether 
Arts Commission staff and resources can legally be used, even with compensation, without vetting 
the project in question through the Commission. Ms. Manton has suggested that one of the Visual 

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Attorney's office to ascertain what the rules and regulations are regarding this sort of 
arrangement. In addition, Ms. Manton stated that more research is needed as to what the fee 
would be, the amount of staff time required, and whether federal contractual requirements could 
be incorporated into the City's standard artists' contracts. 

12. PUC Various Art Endeavors 

This report was continued to the next meeting. 






13. Sunnyside Conservatory 

This report was continued to the next meeting. 

14. Public Art Reports 

This report was continued to the next meeting. 

15. New Business 

16. Old Business 

17. Adjournment 

As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m. 
Submitted by Ellen Shershow, Public Art Program Associate 
Approved by Nancy Gonchar, Director of Cultural Affairs 



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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during regular business hours. INFO: Ellen 
Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are 
prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting of 
any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing 
electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action 
may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San Francisco Campaign and Governmental 
Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to register and report lobbying activity. For more information 
about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness, Suite 3900, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317 and website. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the public. Commissions, 
boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business. This 
ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open 
to the people's review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a 
violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro by mail to Interim Administrator, Sunshine Ordinance 
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Wednesday, July 18, 2007 

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ConsentCalendar 

1 .Motion to approve the final fabrication and installation of artist Vicki Saulls' 
pre-cast concrete sculptures of a Sea Turtle, Pelican and three Hermit Crabs in 
the Koret Children's Quarter, formerly known as Children's Playground, at 
Golden Gate Park. 

2. Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection artist Vicki Saulls' pre-cast 
concrete sculptures of a Sea Turtle, Pelican and three Hermit Crabs in the 
Koret Children's Quarter, formerly known as Children's Playground, at Golden 
Gate Park. 

3. Motion to approve the final fabrication and installation of artist Gerald 
Heffernon's sculpture Rabbinoid on Cell Phone in Pine Lake Park. 

4. Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection artist Gerald Heffernon's 
sculpture Rabbinoid on Cell Phone in Pine Lake Park. 

5. Motion to approve the final fabrication and installation of artist Wang Po 
Shu's Ghinlon/Transcope, installed at twelve locations along Octavia Boulevard 
from Market Street to Patricia's Green. 

6. Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection artist Wang Po Shu's 
Ghinlon/Transcope, installed at twelve locations along Octavia Boulevard from 
Market Street to Patricia's Green. 

Gallery Report 
Meg Shiffler 

Report on Our World exhibition at City Hall, July 12-September 21, 2007. 

Motion: Motion to approve an honorarium in the amount of $675.00 to Thorn 

Sempere for his role as a juror for the Our World exhibition at City Hall, July _• r\CDT 

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Broadway Streetscape 

ToniaMacneil JUL 17 2007 

Staff Report 

Report on the Broadway/Columbus plaza and Brian Goggin's sculpture, The oAlN rrl^ 

Language of Birds. PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Motion: Motion to approve attribution plaque for installation at 
Broadway/Columbus plaza as part of Brian Goggin's sculpture, The Language of 
Birds. 

Junipero Serra Playground 

Tonia Macneil 
Staff Report 

Presentation of alternate proposals for artwork at Junipero Serra Playground. 
Discussion based on results of presentation of alternate proposal at July 12, 
2007, community meeting. 

Motion: Motion to approve one of several alternative proposals for artwork at 
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5. Harvey Milk Center for Recreational Arts 

Tonia Macneil, Susan Schwartzenberg and Michael Davis 
Staff Report 

Presentation of design development documents 

Motion: Motion to approve the design development of artwork by Susan 
Schwartzenberg and Michael Davis for Harvey Milk Center for Recreational Arts. 

6. Laguna Honda Hospital 
Susan Pontious 

Motion: Motion to approve color samples (Drylac color RAL 1000) for Takenobu 
Igarashi sculpture. 

7. San Francisco Zoo 
Susan Pontious 

Motion: Motion to approve possible purchase of Gwynn Murrill sculpture for the 
San Francisco Zoo. 

Motion: Motion to approve the purchase of one of the following sculptures by 
Gwynn Murrill: Binturong I ($20,000); Hawk V ($29,000); Eagle III ($34,000) or 
Bronze Tropical Bird ($14,000). 

8. Collections 
Susan Pontious 

Report on approval of contracts and purchase orders in regards to conservation, 
maintenance and repair on works of art in the city's collection and for the 
transport and storage of artwork. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to take action, 
without a resolution of the full Commission on the following items: Approve 
contracts or purchase orders with conservators, art technicians, or other 
qualified contractors for the purposes of performing conservation, maintenance 
and repair on works of art in the city's collection and approve contracts with 
art service providers for the transport and storage of artwork. 

9. McClaren Park 

Jill Manton and Regina Almaguer 

Report on the McClaren Park selection panel's recommendations of the 
following three artists as finalists for the McClaren Park project: Lorna Jordan, 
Gloria Bornstein and Mark Brest van Kempen and to name the team of Susan 
Schwartzenberg and Peter Richards as an alternate 

Motion: Motion to accept the McClaren Park selection panel's recommendation 
to select the following three artists as finalists for the McClaren Park project: 
Lorna Jordan, Gloria Bornstein and Mark Brest van Kempen and to name the 
team of Susan Schwartzenberg and Peter Richards as an alternate and to 
authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to pay each of the artists an 
honorarium of $1,000 for the development of s site specific proposal for the 
project. 

10. Randall Museum 

Jill Manton and Regina Almaguer 

Report on the upcoming jury panel for the Randall Museum Art Project. 

Motion: Motion to establish a jury pool for the Randall Museum Project to 
include the following individuals: Rebecca Woodson, Randall Museum Trustee, 
Chris Boettcher, Director, Randall Museum, a staff representative from the 
Recreation and Park Department, Walter Kitundu, Peter Richards, Pamela 
Winfrey, Deborah Cullinan, Mark Brest van Kempen, Ray Beldner, Ann Trinca, 
Stephanie Johnson, Craig Nagasawa, Safi Jiroh, Sonia Manjon and other artists 
to be named at meeting. 

1 1 . San Francisco General Hospital 
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Update on General Hospital Collection inventory 

12. Public Art Reports 
Jill Manton 

Moscone Center West-Report on meeting with engineers and proposed course 
of action. 

Moscone Recreation Center- Report on 'climbability mock-up' and current 
status of interaction with Recreation and Park Department. 

Academy of Sciences-Report on progress of Maya Lin's work. 

Percent -for-Art in private development. 

525 Golden Gate Avenue-Report on Ned Kahn's preliminary design of 
sculptural wind turbines for the north facade of 525 Golden Gate Avenue. 

13. PUC Various Art Endeavors 
Jill Manton 

Temporary Projects in Natural Settings-Review of Dan Corson as possible artist 
candidate to be invited to develop a proposal. 

Lake Merced Site Profile-Susan Schwartzenberg. Review of potential art 
opportunities. 

14. New Business 

15. Old Business 

16. Adjournment 



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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office. 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240. San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Ellen Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness, Suite 220, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 252-3100, fax (415) 252-3112 and website. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro by mail to Interim 
Administrator, Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. Room 
244, San Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; 
or by email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

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July 18, 2007 

VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 

Minutes 

DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

Commissioners Present: APR ] g 2008 

Leonard Hunter, Jeannene Przyblyski, Lawrence Rinder 

Absent: Dede Wilsey, Pop Zhao SAN FRANCISCO 

PUBLIC LIBRARY 
Staff Present: 

Carol Marie Daniels,Nancy Gonchar, Tonia Macneil, Jill Manton, Judy Moran, Susan Pontious, Ellen 
Shershow, Dana Hemenway 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 

The meeting commenced at 3:07 p.m. 

1. Consent Calendar 

1. Motion to approve the final fabrication and installation of artist Vicki Saulls' pre-cast concrete 
sculptures of a Sea Turtle, Pelican and three Hermit Crabs in the Koret Children's Quarter, 
formerly known as Children's Playground, at Golden Gate Park. 

2. Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection artist Vicki Saulls' pre-cast concrete sculptures of a 
Sea Turtle, Pelican and three Hermit Crabs in the Koret Children's Quarter, formerly known as 
Children's Playground, at Golden Gate Park. 

3. Motion to approve the final fabrication and installation of artist Gerald Heffernon's sculpture 
Rabbinoid on Cell Phone in Pine Lake Park. 

4. Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection artist Gerald Heffernon's sculpture Rabbinoid on 
Cell Phone in Pine Lake Park. 

5. Motion to approve the final fabrication and installation of artist Wang Po Shu's 
Ghinlon/Transcope, installed at twelve locations along Octavia Boulevard from Market Street to 
Patricia's Green. 

6. Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection artist Wang Po Shu's Ghinlon/Transcope, installed 
at twelve locations along Octavia Boulevard from Market Street to Patricia's Green. 

Motion: Motion to adopt the consent calendar items. 
Moved: Hunter/Rinder 

2. Gallery Report 

Arts Commission Gallery Manager Dana Hemenway reported on Our World : From the Document 
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Our World opened on the ground floor of City Hall on Thursday, July 12, 2007. The artist's 
reception will take place on Tuesday, July 31, 2007. This juried exhibition was coordinated in 
partnership with PhotoAlliance, and was curated by PhotoAlliance Executive Director Thorn 
Sempere, PhotoAlliance Founder and Board President Linda Connor, and independent art 
consultant and PhotoAlliance Board Member Ann Burle Veh. All thirty-two artists in the exhibition 
are Bay Area photographers. 

Motion: Motion to approve an honorarium in the amount of $675 to Thorn Sempere for his role as 
a juror for the Our World exhibition at City Hall, July 12-September 21, 2007. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

Broadway Streetscape 

Project ManagerTonia Macneil reported on the Broadway-Columbus plaza and Brian Goggin's 
sculpture, The Language of Birds. Ms. Macneil stated that artist Brian Goggin and his co-producer 
Dorka Keehn have raised $30,000 in donor funds for this project, which are now held by the City 
in an interest- bearing account. The original funding is provided by the art enrichment allocation 
from the Department of Public Works. These two combined fund sources will allow Mr. Goggin to 
produce 11 of the originally proposed 23 x Bird-Books'. Mr. Goggin and Ms. Keehn would like to 
install a donor plaque as part of the artwork, in addition to the required Arts Commission signage. 
The Commissioners determined that the attribution plaque is not artwork and that a single plaque 
should be produced that would incorporate the donor names and Arts Commission signage. 

The discussion continued regarding the issues raised in terms of donor funds. The Commissioners 
stated that additional funds raised for the project should provide for additional "Bird-Books" rather 
than reimbursing the artists for other costs and fees. The Committee agreed to approve the plaque 
text, but not the plaque design, and asked that the plaque be reworked by staff and presented to 
the Committee at a future meeting. 

This motion was continued to a future Visual Arts Meeting 

Motion: Motion to approve attribution plaque for installation at Broadway-Columbus plaza as part 

of Brian Goggin's sculpture, The Language of Birds. 

Junipero Serra Playground 

Project ManagerTonia Macneil presented alternate proposals for artwork at Junipero Serra 
Playground and reported on the two community meetings that had taken place since the first 
proposal by Bean Finneran was approved in May 2007. pending color revisions. At the first 
community meeting, those present had been unanimous in their discomfort with the proposal. The 
artist presented a second proposal at a subsequent public meeting on July 12, and the reaction 
was very different. Several preferred the original design, several liked both, and several were 
undecided. Ms. Macneil asked for guidance from the Commissioners, who stated that they 
preferred the original proposal. As a result, no motion was required to proceed with the project. 
Ms. Macneil stated that the clubhouse building where the artwork will be located has two 
entrances. The front entrance looks out over the playground, while the back entrance is one more 
commonly used by community members. For this reason, several members of the community felt 
that the artwork should be placed at the back entrance. Community member Annette Litle 
submitted her written comment regarding the location of the artwork, indicating her preference for 
the art elements to be placed at the back entrance, because of its proximity and visibility to the 
publics use of the site.The Commissioners discussed the placement of the artwork, and whether 
there was sufficient funding to install artwork in two places. The Commissioners agreed that the 
artwork should be placed in its original location facing the playground, but that if funding allowed, 
the same theme might be repeated on another part of the building. They asked that the artist 
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The motion was cancelled, as the artwork had been approved at a previous meeting. 
Motion: Motion to approve one of several alternative proposals for artwork at Junipero Serra 
Playground as outlined in the Staff Report. 

Harvey Milk Center for Recreational Arts 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil presented the design development documents for the Harvey Milk 
Recreational Arts building. Ms. Macneil reviewed the layout and structure of the building, and 
stated that digital photography facilities would be added, though the Center will remain committed 
to the upkeep of the 'wet' darkroom. 

Ms. Macneil then introduced the artist team of Susan Schwa rtzen berg and Michael Davis. Ms. 
Schwartzenberg and Mr. Davis began with a general overview of the building. They stated that the 
Center had been committed over many years to its photography, performance and fabrication 
studios, and that as a result, the Center is filled with a wonderful collection of photographs and 
other graphics as well as handmade dolls and costumes. 

The artists stated that the building is composed of four discrete centers of activity, each of which 
correspond to the locations they selected for artwork. Site one, at the entrance to the Photo 
Center, is meant to reflect the history of the use of the center. The artists are working with the 
Clarence Towers, the Photo Center's director of 30 years, to collect photos from former users. 
They hope to draw include images from the photo collection at the Center as well, which includes 
photographs of celebrities who spent time in San Francisco, such as George Harrison and Janis 
Joplin. 

Site two, on the large east-facing wall of the building, is the point of contact between the Center 
and users of Duboce Park. The wall will include 'shadow' text. The text will be painted the same 
color as the building, so that it will appear and disappear based on the sun's location and visibility. 
This text is a quote taken from one of Supervisor Harvey Milk's speeches, and reads, "...the 
American dream starts with the neighborhoods." Site three is in the main lobby on the first floor 
which serves the daytime stroller crowd as well as youth and adults en route to rehearsals in the 
Center, among other groups. This site will include a collage of images of Harvey Milk integrated 
into the glazing in the east window wall, as well as a sculpture that includes a camera obscura. 
This camera obscura speaks to the relationship between the interior and the exterior of the 
building. Finally, site four is the hallway leading to the elevator and will address the recognition 
and interpretation of the Center's impressive collection of objects and artifacts, possibly including 
dolls that were handmade for the 1939 World's Fair. Items from these collections will be encased 
in framed vitrines that will line the elevator hallway leading to the performance areas of the 
Center. 

The artists stated that they wished to address the Commissioners' concerns that the design 
proposal lacked a cohesive element; the artists felt strongly that the nature of the Harvey Milk 
Center was one of numerous discrete recreational activities and they wanted this to be reflected in 
the arts elements. Ms. Schwartzenberg and Mr. Davis stated that these four arts elements find 
cohesion in that they form a narrative of the center. 

The discussion continued regarding the various elements of the proposal. Commissioner Hunter 
stated that all four elements seem to be about lionizing Harvey Milk, or freezing a moment in 
time, and that there is a sense of objects and concepts being enshrined. Commissioner Hunter 
explained that he believes this adds depth and cohesion to the proposal. Commissioner Przyblyski 
stated that she particularly likes the selection of the Harvey Milk quote on the exterior of the 
building; which is a wonderful way to commemorate Supervisor Milk. 

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Moved: Hunter/Rinder 

6. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Project Manager Susan Pontious reported on the color samples for the Takenobu Igarashi sculpture 
in the Laguna Honda Hospital atrium. Ms. Pontious distributed the color samples and explained 
that the piece will be fabricated from powder-coated aluminum. 

Motion: Motion to approve color samples (Drylac color RAL 1000) for Takenobu Igarashi 

sculpture. 

Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

7. San Francisco Zoo 

Project Manager Susan Pontious reported on artwork at the San Francisco Zoo. On May 16, 2007, 
the Commission had approved the purchase of a suite of six prints by artist Isabella Kirkland for 
the Zoo, but the Zoo had later rejected this work. The Zoo Director indicated that he would prefer 
to use funding to install work in the Zoo playground. Ms. Pontious stated that artist Gwynn Murrill 
would be an excellent candidate, as two of her bronze sculptures are already installed at the Zoo 
and are extremely popular. The Zoo is amenable to this idea. 

Motion: Motion to approve the possible purchase of a Gwynn Murrill sculpture for the San 
Francisco Zoo. 
Moved: Hunter/Rinder 

Motion: Motion to approve the purchase of one of the following sculptures by Gwynn Murrill: 
Binturong I ($20,000); Hawk V ($29,000); Eagle III ($34,000) or Bronze Tropical Bird ($14,000). 

This Motion was amended to read: 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Interim Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into contract with 
Gwynn Murrill to fabricate and transport Hawk V ($29,000) for the San Francisco Zoo. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

8. Collections 

Project Manager Susan Pontious reported on the approval of contracts and purchase orders in 
regards to conservation, maintenance and repair on works of art in the City's collection and for the 
transport and storage of artwork. Ms. Pontious explained that this motion would operate in a 
similar manner to the previous Resolution No. 0205-01-063 which authorizes the Director of 
Cultural Affairs to make payments to a wide variety of vendors, including artists, contractors 
consultants, printers, graphic designers, photographers, signage fabricators and photo labs. This 
new motion would go a step further by including conservators and art technicians. This motion 
would therefore allow the agency to make payments in a quicker and more efficient manner. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Interim Director of Cultural Affairs to take action, without a 
resolution of the full Commission, on the following items: Approve contracts or purchase orders 
with conservators, art technicians, or other qualified contractors for the purposes of performing 
conservation, maintenance and repair on works of art in the City's collection; and approve 
contracts with art service providers for the transport and storage of artwork. 

Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

9. McLaren Park 

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Jordan, Gloria Bornstein and Mark Brest van Kempen; and of the team of Susan Schwartzenberg 
and Peter Richards as an alternate. 

Ms. Manton showed images of all three finalists' work, along with a recent site profile created by 
Susan Schwartzenberg for another project at Lake Merced. She stated that Lorna Jordan has 
declined the project opportunity due to other commitments. Therefore, the artist team of Susan 
Schwartzenberg and Peter Richards will become finalists. The Commissioners agreed that this is a 
very strong and diverse group of finalists. Commissioner Hunter requested that he be invited to 
the first orientation meeting for the McLaren Park finalists. 

Motion: Motion to accept the McLaren Park selection panel's recommendation of the following 
artists as finalists for the McLaren Park project: Gloria Bornstein, Mark Brest van Kempen, and the 
alternate team of Susan Schwartzenberg and Peter Richards; and to authorize the Interim Director 
of Cultural Affairs to pay each of the artists or artist teams an honorarium of $1,000 for the 
development of a site-specific proposal for the project. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

10. Randall Museum 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton reported on the upcoming jury panel for the Randall 
Museum Art Project. The Commissioners approved of the names already put forward, and added 
several additional names. 

Motion: Motion to establish a jury pool for the Randall Museum Project to include the following 
individuals: Randall Museum Trustee Rebecca Woodson, Randall Museum Director Chris Boettcher, 
a staff representative from the Recreation and Park Department, Walter Kitundu, Peter Richards, 
Pamela Winfrey, Deborah Cullinan, Mark Brest van Kempen, Ray Beldner, Ann Trinca, Stephanie 
Johnson, Craig Nagasawa, Safi Jiroh, Sonia Manjon, and other artists to be named at meeting. 
Names added at Visual Arts Committee meeting: Ted Purves, Emily Keeler, a staff representative 
from 826 Valencia, and Eduardo Pineda. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

11. San Francisco General Hospital 

Project Manager Carol Marie Daniels stated that staff has been preparing to do an inventory of the 
City's art collection at the San Francisco General Hospital. 

Images of the hospital's collection of artwork have been posted to flickr.com. Flickr.com is ideal in 
that the hospital staff can easily access it and view images. In addition, the viewer can leave 
comments in regards to specific images. The hope is that hospital staff will navigate through 
flickr.com, and leave comments in the space provided, giving Arts Commission staff clues as to 
the whereabouts of specific objects. Ms. Daniels explained that once this phase is complete, Arts 
Commission staff will visit the hospital and do a physical search of the building. 

Commissioner Przyblyski expressed concern in regards to this plan. She stated that it may not be 
wise to conduct an asset search on a completely uncontrolled public website. Commissioner 
Przyblyski stated that, further, hospital staff is often overworked, and would not have the time to 
peruse a website such as flickr.com. The Committee unanimously decided that flickr.com is not 
the appropriate venue on which to do an asset search of this magnitude and asked staff to 
consider another approach. Ms. Daniels was praised for her work in placing the San Francisco 
General Hospital Collection online. 

12. Public Art Reports 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton reported on the Moscone Center West meeting with 
engineers and the proposed course of action to resolve problems with the Diller + Scofidio 
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Ms. Manton stated that Commissioner Hunter had joined her at this meeting along with a 
Department of Public Works engineer, the project engineer and an outside consultant. The 
meeting focused on a proposed pivot bearing and whether such a modification would resolve the 
technical problems. The four engineers reached a consensus about a number of changes to be 
incorporated into the new bogie redesign. This was an extremely productive meeting, and Ms. 
Manton is confident that the remaining technical issues will be resolved. Pol-X will prepare a 
redesign based on a written summary of the meeting which will be distributed to all of the 
participants. 

Ms. Manton then reported on the Moscone Recreation Center, including the 'climbability' of Brian 
Goggin's proposed sculpture and the current status of interaction with the Recreation and Park 
Department. Ms. Manton believes that Brian Goggin has sufficiently demonstrated that the 
modified tripod leg design is not climbable. In an effort to reach a compromise with the Recreation 
and Park Department, she has proposed moving the sculpture to another location within the 
recreation center complex. Mr. Goggin is amenable to this new location, but the Recreation and 
Park Department staff says that they still have safety concerns. Commissioner Przyblyski stated 
that she did not necessarily support a different site and would review this matter with Interim 
Director of Cultural Affairs Nancy Gonchar and senior staff at the Mayor's Office. After further 
discussion, Ms. Manton moved on to the Academy of Sciences project. 

Ms. Manton reviewed the two pieces proposed by artist Maya Lin for the Academy of Sciences. The 
first artwork, entitled Missing, is a low video table, approximately 10' x 6,' covered in architectural 
glass, which features an LED video whose content is based upon extinct or endangered species. 
The second artwork is a suspended wire landscape sculpture to be installed on the west terrace. 
This artwork will be based upon the topology of the Bay during the Gold Rush, pre-sedimentation 
state. Ms. Manton stated that the scientists at the Academy have been extremely helpful to the 
artist with information pertinent to both projects. 

Ms. Man ton reported that she and Ms. Lin had conducted a site visit of the Academy of Sciences 
Golden Gate Park location. Although the building is still under construction, the visit was very 
helpful. Ms. Lin identified a site on the east terrace for the video artwork; she may also consider 
relocating the video from the exterior east terrace to the interior piazza of the building, lessening 
issues ensuing from having to weatherproof and vandal-proof her artwork. The Academy of 
Sciences is near completion and will have a private donor opening in August of 2008, with the 
public opening scheduled for late September, 2008. 

Lastly, Ms. Manton reported on the Percent -for-Art in Private Development. The current legislation 
requires that private developers in the C-3 District spend 1% of their building costs for on-site 
public art work. The proposed change would give developers more options for the 1% 
requirement, which is consistent with what Commissioner Wilsey had previously proposed. The 
options include: 100% to either a public art trust or art at the building site, or 50% for on-site art 
with 45% going into the public art trust. The public art trust, to be expended at the Art 
Commission's discretion, would be used for new permanent and temporary public art in the C-3 
District and for maintenance of art in the C-3 District. While the Arts Commission believes that it is 
essential that a percentage of the public art trust be spent on maintenance, the Planning 
Department staff has expressed concern or opposition to this idea. Ms. Manton has proposed 
placing a cap on the total amount to be allocated for maintenance from the 1% generated by a 
single construction project. The on-site art would also be subject to the Arts Commission's 
approval. Ms. Manton concluded by stating that maintenance is a critical issue for many cities 
across the United States. As one of the oldest public art programs, San Francisco would be a 
leader in identifying a creative solution for this problem. 

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This report was continued to the next meeting. 

14. New Business 

15. Old Business 

16. Adjournment 

As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m. 
Submitted by Ellen Shershow, Public Art Program Associate 
Approved by Nancy Gonchar, Director of Cultural Affairs 

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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during regular business hours. INFO: Ellen 
Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are 
prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting of 
any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing 
electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action 
may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San Francisco Campaign and Governmental 
Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to register and report lobbying activity. For more information 
about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness, Suite 220, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 252-3100, fax (415) 252-3112 and website. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the public. Commissions, 
boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business. This 
ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open 
to the people's review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a 
violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro by mail to Interim Administrator, Sunshine Ordinance 
Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 
554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007 

3:00 p.m. 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



Agenda 

1 . Consent 

1 . Motion to approve the following pool of arts professionals for the Sunnyside 
Conservatory Artist Selection Panel: Stacy Garfinkel, Maria del Carmen Carrion, 
Joyce Chu and Kristen Zaremba. 

2. Motion to approve a mosaic tile beautification project with the Friends of 
Crocker Amazon and the Excelsior (FACE) and Precita Eyes Mural Center at the 
Children's Playground in Crocker Amazon Park. 

3. Motion to approve a dual mural at 3859 and 3881 24 th Street, where the 
Noe Valley Farmers market takes place, depicting plants related to the Farmers 
Market and local urban history. 

2. Gallery Report 

Meg Shiffler 

Presentation on upcoming San Francisco City Hall Program: Tall in the Saddle: 
Cowgirls, Ranch Hands and Rodeo Gals. Updates on Lonnie Graham: A 
Conversation with the World and Bill Fontana. 

Motion: Motion to approve an artist honorarium in the amount of $1000 to Ann 
P. Meredith for her solo exhibition, Tall in the Saddle: Cowgirls, Ranch Hands 
and Rodeo Gals at City Hall (December 20, 2007 - March 22, 2008). 

3. Korean Monument 
Carol-Marie Daniels and Rick Thall 
Staff Report 

Presentation of Ferry Park redesign and proposed relocation of the Korean 
monument in Ferry Park. The memorial is currently located in the west end of 
block 203 near Davis Street, between Washington and Clay Streets. In the 
redesign of the park, the memorial will be moved to the east end of Block 203, 
near Drumm Street. 

Motion: Motion to approve the Recreation and Park Department request to 
relocate the Korean monument, "Movement:The First 100 Years" by Man Lin 
Choi, from the west end of block 203 near Davis Street, between Washington 
and Clay, to the east end of Block 203, near Drumm Street, in order to 
accommodate the redesign of Ferry Park. 

4. 24th and Capp Street Mural 

Presentation of additional design elements to be included into the mural at 
24th and Capp Streets. 

Motion: Motion to approve additional H.O.M.E.Y design elements for a mural at 
24th and Capp streets. 

5. Patricia's Green 
Jill Manton 

Introduction of proposal by Hayes Valley Community for Fall 2007 Temporary 
Public Art Project on Patricia's Green. 

6. Branch Library Improvement Program 
Judy Moran 

Presentation of conceptual proposal by Gina Telcocci for the renovated Potrero 



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Branch Library . 

Motion: Motion to approve the conceptual proposal by artist Gina Telcocci for 
the Potrero Branch Library and to approve the artist to proceed to Design 
Development and Final Design. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into 
contract with Gina Telcocci for Final Design, Fabrication, Transportation and 
Installation of artwork for the renovated Potrero Branch Library for an amount 
not to exceed $35,000. 

7. Moscone Recreation Center 
Jill Manton 

Review of alternate sculpture location proposed by Artist Brian Goggin 

Motion: Motion to approve alternative site at Laguna and Francisco Streets for 
sculpture entitled Guide Post, by Artist Brian Goggin for the Moscone 
Recreation Center 

8. Public Art Policy Discussion 
Jill Manton 

Discussion regarding artist selection procedures. 

9. PUC Temporary Projects 
Jill Manton 

Temporary Projects in Natural Settings— Review of John Melvin's proposal for a 
temporary installation at Lake Merced and report on Natural Area's Program 
Response. 

Lake Merced Site Profile-Susan Schwartzenberg. 

10. Sunnyside Conservatory Art Enrichment 
Jill Manton 

Presentation of new project opportunity and discussion of possible approaches 
for art enrichment. 

1 1 . Moscone Center West 
Jill Manton 

Report on proposed engineering solution. 

12. New Business 

13. Old Business 

14. Adjournment 



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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Ellen Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound- producing electronic devices'. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about thr Lobbyist 
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Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist, 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro by mail to Interim 
Administrator, Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. Room 
244, San Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; 
or by email at sotf<»sfgov.org. 

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JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL 

of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, Sonoma, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties 



MAIN OFFICE 

121 Steuart Street, #301 

San Francisco, CA 94105 

Tel: 415.957.1551 

Fax: 415.979.0981 

Website: www.jcrc.org 

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Los Altos, CA 94022 

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Mr. P.J. Johnston, President 

Ms. Jill Manton, Program Director, Public Art Program 

San Francisco Arts Commission 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240 

San Francisco, CA 94102 

Dear Mr. Johnston and Ms. Manton, 

We write on behalf of the Jewish Community Relations Council, the central public 
affairs and community relations arm of the organized Bay Area Jewish community, 
which represents over 80 synagogues and Jewish agencies on issues that affect our 
community. 

We are writing to express our concerns regarding elements of the 24 th and Capp 
Street Mural Project. An individual member of the Jewish community living in the 
Mission called us expressing deep concern about one particular segment of the 
mural, which depicts the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

First, we wish to express our full appreciation of a community inspired project that 
engages youth in artistic expression about their experience living in San Francisco. 
We recognize the great value of this educational leadership experience for the young 
people involved in the project. We understand the mural as an expression of 
solidarity against division in San Francisco. The Jewish historical experience of 
oppression makes our community particularly sensitive and aware of these themes, 
and we appreciate the importance of speaking out about these issues. We have a 
keen understanding of a mural's power to galvanize and unite a community, and also 
its potential to create new barriers and divide the community. 

The Mission is a diverse community, made up of people of all faiths, ethnicities and 
backgrounds. This includes a flourishing, vibrant and young Jewish community. In 
fact, ten percent of San Francisco's population is Jewish, and one-third of this Jewish 
population is comprised of recent immigrants from the former Soviet Union who 
sought refuge in San Francisco from anti-Jewish oppression. 

We take particular note of a section of the mural depicting the Israeli-Palestinian 
dispute. The scene is of the Israeli security barrier, depicted as a long solid wall, 
with a group of Palestinians crashing through it. 



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Our understanding is that the San Francisco Arts Commission did not approve this section of the 
mural, and that this was inserted without the prior knowledge of the Arts Commission. The sketches 
and narrative submitted by the artist to the Arts Commission did not contain any reference to this 
section of the mural. We take note that in the "Description and Time Line" narrative submitted by the 
artist, one of the primary purposes of the mural is to represent "the current lives of young people in the 
neighborhood, growing from rebelliousness into organized consciousness, guided by shared ancient 
roots and traditions." The Israeli-Palestinian conflict segment of the mural depicts a scene some 6,000 
miles away from the Mission neighborhood. 

Regarding the actual scene depicted, we have the following concerns: 

• The Palestinian - Israeli conflict section is the only one that stands out as not being part of the 
experiences of American minorities in San Francisco. 

• The breech in the security barrier is in the shape of the map of Israel, apparently meant to 
represent "all of Palestine." The implication is a rejection of a peaceful two-state solution to 
the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. This perspective negates the existence of Israel. Israel 
represents to the majority of Jews and to our collective identity our people's quest for self- 
determination and overcoming oppression and powerlessness. 



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The depiction of the security barrier as a wall that goes off into the distance is inaccurate. In 
fact, only 3% of the security barrier is actually a concrete wall, and 97% is fencing. 

• The depiction of the security barrier is lifted out of context: 

o It was erected only in the last four years as a response to an unrelenting wave of 
terrorist attacks, mostly suicide bombings, motivated by religious extremism. 

o In all, over 1,000 people, overwhelmingly civilians, were murdered in these terrorist 
attacks. Victims included Jewish, Muslim, Druze, and Christian Arab Israelis, as well 
as visitors from countries around the world including the United States, Asia, 
Philippines, and African, Asian, and Latin American countries. 

o Since the security barrier was erected, an estimated 2,000 lives have been saved in the 
last three years. 

The image of violently breaking down a security barrier that has saved thousands of lives is 
exceedingly threatening to our community. This imagery victimizes Jewish members of the Mission 
neighborhood for whom the security barrier has prevented the loss of lives of family and friends in 
Israel. Further, this segment of the mural isolates the Jewish community in the Mission by raising 
barriers to inter-ethnic and inter-religious understanding. 

We urge the San Francisco Arts Commission to: 

1 . Insist that this mural portray non- violent imagery originally intended for this space. 

2. Implement whatever protocol exists to ensure that this and all murals paid by the City and 
County of San Francisco, and erected in its neighborhoods, have been fully vetted and 
approved by the body. 



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3. Ensure that this and all murals commissioned for the City and County of San Francisco help 
promote a stronger, more vibrant, more harmonious and diverse community, rather than 
display divisive and hostile themes that are alienating and isolating to most San Franciscans. 

4. In the absence of such protocol, halt this project until such time as protocols are established to 
ensure that the City and County of San Francisco's interests are represented in the artwork that 
it commissions. 



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Cheryl Feiner Rabbi Douglas Kahn 

President Executive Director 



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The Korean Monument - The First 100 Years 

Carol Marie Daniels, Rick Thrall 

Staff Report 

Presentation of Ferry Park Redesign and Proposed Relocation of the 

Korean Monument in Ferry Park. 



The Korean Monument 

Background 

In May 1983, the sculpture, "The First 100 Years was donated to the City and Country of 
San Francisco by the government of the Republic of Korea to commemorate the 
centennial of diplomatic relations between the United States and Korean. The monument 
was made by Professor Choi, Man-lin of Seoul National University 

At that time, a ceremony was presided over by then Mayor Feinstein, California 
Secretary of State March Fong Eu and members of the San Francisco and Korean 
communities. The installation of the sculpture was of great symbolic significance to the 
Korean community because it was to this city that the first Korean immigrants arrived in 
the early 1900s. 

In its current location, the memorial is isolated on landing within a progression of stairs to 
an elevated bridge. Tall trees also border this area. As a result of its isolated location, it 
has been tagged with graffiti. As part of the master plan, approved by the Recreation and 
Park Commission, the bridge, landing, and stairs will be removed. In the master plan, a 
plaza is designed with the new placement of the Korean Memorial as a focal attraction. 
The new location is more visible and centrally located in the park. 

The Recreation and Parks Department requests permission to relocate the Korean 
Memorial in Ferry Park. The memorial is currently located in the west end of Block 203 
near Davis Street, between Washington and Clay Street. In the redesign of the park, the 
memorial would be moved to the east end of Block 203, near Drumm Street. The Master 
Plan identifies walkways that intersect with the plaza in order to increase access as well as 
bring the memorial closer to the public. 

The Korean Consulate has approved the relocation of their gift to the City of San 
Francisco. 



Motion to approve the Recreation and Park Department request to relocate 
the Korean Monument, "Movement:The First 1 00 Years" by Man Lin 
Choi in Ferry Park. 



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Commissioners Present: 

Leonard Hunter, Jeannene Przyblyski, Lawrence Rinder, Pop Zhao SAN FRANCISCO 

Absent: Dede Wilsey, PUBLIC LIBRARY 

Staff Present: 

Nancy Gonchar, Rachelle Axel, Jill Manton, Judy Moran, Susan Pontious, Ellen Shershow, Meg Shiftier 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 
The meeting commenced at 3:06 p.m. 

1. Consent 

1. Motion to approve the following pool of arts professionals for the Sunnyside Conservatory Artist 
Selection Panel: Stacy Garfinkel, Maria del Carmen Carrion, Joyce Chu and Kristen Zaremba. 

2. Motion to approve a mosaic tile beautification project with the Friends of Crocker Amazon and 
the Excelsior ("FACE") and Precita Eyes Mural Center at the Children's Playground in Crocker 
Amazon Park. 

3. Motion to approve a dual mural at 3859 and 3881-24 th Street, where the Noe Valley Farmers' 
Market takes place, depicting plants related to the Farmers' Market and local urban history. 

Motion: Motion to adopt the consent calendar items. 
Moved: Hunter/Rinder 

2. Gallery Report 

Gallery Director Meg Shiffler presented the upcoming San Francisco City Hall Program: Tall in the 
Saddle: Cowgirls, Ranch Hands and Rodeo Gals, with artist Ann P. Meredith, the Bill Fontana 
project, the Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship Award Exhibition and Lonnie Graham: A Conversation 
with the World. 

Ms. Shiffler stated that Ann P. Meredith is a well-known lesbian artist who has been documenting 
the lesbian rodeo circuit for over fifteen years. Ms. Shiffler will help to edit the images, presenting 
close to 100 black and white documentary-style photographs depicting groundbreaking women in 
a variety of scenarios, including working on the range, roping steers at the rodeo, and relaxing at 
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pioneering women, while maintaining a subversive slant on what dominant/popular culture would 
perceive as the cowboy's domain— the West. 

The annual Murphy & Cadogan exhibition will open with a public reception on Friday, 
September 15, 2007. This year, a separate VIP reception will be added on Thursday, 
September 14, 2007. This additional reception will encourage sales of artwork and will relieve the 
overcrowding that has traditionally overwhelmed the public opening of this annual event. 

Ms. Shiffler next reported on the kiosk project Lonnie Graham: A Conversation with the World. Ms. 
Shiffler presented three images from this exhibition, and explained that the images are now 
completed. The banners will be installed in City Hall in late September, 2007, and will remain for 
approximately one year. The kiosks will follow in mid-November, remaining for approximately six 
months. The Commissioners responded positively to Mr. Graham's images. 

Ms. Shiffler stated that the gallery is moving forward in fundraising efforts for the Bill Fontana 
installation in City Hall. They have submitted an application to the National Endowment for the 
Arts for $50,000, and are researching other grant opportunities, with an opening date tentatively 
slated for January or February, 2009. 

Ms. Shiffler concluded by presenting the exhibition schedule for the Gallery and City Hall through 
June, 2008: 

Gallery: Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship Award Exhibition, (September 14-October 26, 2007), the 

Winter Workshop (November 9-December 22, 2007), and a Visiting Curator 

(January 18-March 19, 2008). 

City Hall: Insights 2007: Lighthouse for the Blind (October 4-December 7, 2007), Lonnie Graham: 

A Conversation with the World (installation September and November, 2007), Tall in the Saddle: 

Cowgirls, Ranch Hands and Rodeo Gals (December 20, 2007-March 22, 2008), After the 

Revolution (April 11-June 28, 2008). 

Motion: Motion to approve an artist honorarium in the amount of $1000 to Ann P. Meredith for 
her solo exhibition, Tall in the Saddle: Cowgirls, Ranch Hands and Rodeo Gals at City Hall 
(December 20, 2007-March 22, 2008). 

Moved: Rinder/Zhao 

3. Korean Monument 

Public Art Project Manager Susan Pontious presented the Ferry Park redesign and the proposed 
relocation of the Korean monument, Movement: The First 100 Years, in Ferry Park. The Korean 
monument is currently located in the west end of block 203 near Davis Street, between 
Washington and Clay Streets. In the redesign of the park, the monument will be moved to the 
east end of Block 203, near Drumm Street. 

The monument is made of two large interlocking bronze links— one upright with the other resting 
sideways— by the Korean artist Man Lin Choi. It was donated to the City of San Francisco in May, 
1983 by the government of the Republic of Korea to commemorate the centennial of diplomatic 
relations between the United States and Korea. The installation carried great symbolic significance 
to the Korean community because San Francisco was the first American city where many Koreans 
arrived during the immigration wave of the early 1900's. 

Ms. Pontious introduced Department of Public Works Project Manager Rick Thall. Mr. Thall stated 
that the monument is currently located on an isolated landing within a progression of stairs 
leading to an elevated bridge. The monument is bordered by tall trees. As a result, the area is 
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department has approved a two-phase master plan in which the bridge, landing and stairway 
would be removed, and the Korean monument would be relocated as the focal attraction of a Ferry 
Park Plaza. The new location is more visible, centrally located, and has met with the approval of 
the Korean Consulate. 

Ms. Eula Walters submitted public comment regarding this item. Ms. Walters stated that Ferry 
Park was established in 2001, and was meant to be an open space park. She stated that she has 
devoted a quarter of her life to this park, and would like it to remain an open space, without a 
plaza or anything else. 

Commissioner Hunter confirmed that the relocation has met with the approval of the Korean 
Consulate and the Korean community. 

Motion: Motion to approve the Recreation and Park Department request to relocate the Korean 
monument, "Movement: The First 100 Years" by Man Lin Choi, from the west end of block 203 
near Davis Street, between Washington and Clay, to the east end of Block 203, near Drumm 
Street, in order to accommodate the redesign of Ferry Park. 

Moved: Hunter/Rinder 

4. 24 th and Capp Street Mural 

Presentation of additional design elements to be included into the mural at 24th and Capp Streets. 

Consideration of possible motion to approve additional HOMEY design elements for a mural at 24th 

and Capp Streets. 

Summary of action taken (if any): The Visual Arts Committee, following the presentation, 

discussion and public comment, continued this item for a future Visual Arts Committee meeting. 

No action was taken at this meeting. 

Arts Commission— Introduction and Overview; History of Project and Process 

Due to the large number of members of the public who wished to comment on this item, 

Commissioner Przyblyski explained the Visual Arts Committee process and the rules regarding 

public comment. 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton provided a brief overview of the history of the mural 
project at 24 th and Capp Streets. This mural was created by "Homies Organizing the Mission to 
Empower Youth" ("HOMEY"). Eric Norberg is the lead artist. It is the Arts Commission's 
understanding that the City's Department of Parking and Traffic ("DPT") would fund the mural 
through the City Administrator's Community Challenge Grant Program, formerly known as the 
Anti-Graffiti Neighborhood Beautification Fund. The new mural is intended to replace the former 
mural which was damaged during a winter storm. The legal mechanism for the funding of the 
mural would be a grant from the City Administrator's Community Challenge Grant Program.* 
*File note: Following this meeting, the Arts Commission staff learned from Lanita Henriquez of the 
Community Challenge Grant Program that the Grant would be to the "International Child Resource 
Institute" (ICRI) as Grantee and fiscal sponsor of HOMEY (as the subgrantee). As of this hearing 
on August 15,2007, there was no written and signed grant agreement in place between the City 
and ICRI or HOMEY. 

Prior Review and Approval of Original Design Proposal by Visual Arts Committee 

The preliminary design proposal was reviewed by the Visual Arts Committee on June 20, 2007, at 
which time Nancy Hernandez, the HOMEY Education and Outreach Coordinator, and some of the 
youth participants presented the design proposal and described the premise of the mural project, 
which was to be based upon the concept of solidarity and different cultures working together. 
Although the design proposal was in sketch format, Ms. Manton stated that Nancy Hernandez 
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Proposed Review of Additional Imagery and Content Not Included in Original Design 
Proposal 

Staff has requested that the mural design return to the Visual Arts Committee because the mural 

now includes additional imagery and content that was not part of the original design proposal 

submitted to, and approved by, the Visual Arts Committee on June 20, 2007. Ms. Manton reported 

that staff became aware of the new content after being contacted by a staff member at the 

Anti-Defamation League who had received a call from a community member who expressed 

concerns and objections to the section of the mural depicting the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Ms. 

Manton explained that the Committee's options at this meeting were to: 

Approve the addition to the design as presented by HOMEY and the artist Eric Norberg; 

Reject the addition to the mural design; 

Continue the matter to a future meeting for further consideration and to allow HOMEY and artist to 

develop an alternate proposal based on any concerns raised at the meeting. 

Presentation by HOMEY— Mural Development Process 

Nancy Hernandez began by showing a PowerPoint presentation of the process of developing the 
ideas for and ultimately creating the mural. Ms. Hernandez stated that the youth began by walking 
around the Mission neighborhood, and talking about images that they found appealing. The youth 
brainstormed about themes for the mural, and came up with: solidarity, blending ancient and 
modern, indigenous not illegal, walls and borders, fences don't fix problems, revolutions 
throughout history and old 'skool' transformations. After coming up with imagery to represent 
these themes, they transferred the images onto transparencies, created a grid on the wall and 
used projectors to project the images onto the wall which enabled them to trace the design 
directly onto the wall. When this stage was completed, an inaugural barbecue was held, and 
members of the community were invited to join in the mural painting process. Ms. Hernandez said 
that she was very grateful to the Mission community for all of their work on this mural: In 
addition, Ms. Hernandez explained that the inclusion of the community in the creation of the mural 
was purposeful; the parking lot where the mural is located has long been a target of graffiti, and 
she believes that if the community participates in the creation of the mural, they will feel a sense 
of ownership, and the parking lot will lose its status as a target for graffiti. 

Ms. Hernandez stated that the revised mural design would be presented by HOMEY youth, with 
different members each explaining a portion of the mural. 

Carlos Noche introduced the first panel of the mural by explaining how the mural depicts a boy on 
the #14 bus, posed as if he were getting ready to write in the area framed by the bus window. 
Martin Sobrino explained the following panel, which depicts an image of a design workshop 
amongst the youth, set against a backdrop of sepia-toned Mexican revolutionaries. Jennifer Lopez 
spoke of the third panel. This shows the worker immigration rights protest march held on May 1, 
2007, and includes a reproduction of a silk-screened sign that was carried in the protest march. 
Ms. Hernandez explained that the next panels include Aztec and Mayan symbols that have great 
meaning for indigenous people. She spoke of the history of conflict between the Aztecs in the 
north of Mexico, and the Mayans in the south. This has continued to incite gang conflict in the 
Mission District between the Nortenos and the Sudefios. The mural portrays these two peoples 
joining together in spite of the wall that stands between them. The mural also includes an image 
of the Virgen de Guadalupe, as a tribute to the mural that previously existed in this same place, as 
well as symbols of hope, peace and indigenous roots. The mural includes large colorful candles, 
which are traditionally lit to honor the deceased during Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Each 
of the candles pictured has the name of a youth killed in the Mission by gang violence. This is 
directly followed by an image of the Bay Bridge, representing solidarity between Oakland and San 
Francisco. 

Israel Gomez explained that the next image shows a man in an old-school zoot suit and car, with 
images of black and brown unity in the background. All of these images represent the idea of 
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Eric Norberg explained that the next panel shows a portion of the Israeli/Palestine border wall. 
Palestinians are breaking through the wall, with the break in the shape of the State of Israel. This 
image was intended to represent the solidarity between oppressed people in the world breaking 
down borders. 

Mike Litvak spoke about the final panel. This panel pictures seven men behind jail bars, with the 
words LIBERTAD PARA LOS SIETE DE LA RAZA below it. Los Siete de la Raza was the label given 
to seven young Mission District men who were approached by two policemen on May 1, 1969. The 
young men were moving out of their home, but the policemen were under the impression that 
they were burglarizing the home, and an altercation broke out. The incident left one policeman 
deceased, and resulted in a year-and-a-half-long trial. The seven men were acquitted, but this 
mass arrest and trial became the symbolic beginning of the political movement for Latinos in the 
Mission and the greater Bay Area, and is considered a monumental step in bringing the Mission 
community together. Ms. Hernandez completed the presentation by stating that many passers-by 
on 24 th Street enjoyed seeing the youth working so hard on the mural. 

At this time, Commissioner Przyblyski asked for public comment. 

Public Comment 

Evan Bissell stated that he was attending the meeting as a show of solidarity with the artists. He 
stated that constructing a mural is a time-consuming process, and that it is often difficult to 
conceive of every design detail beforehand. He said that what is important is the voice of the 
artists, and the voice is coming through in this mural. 

Marvin Goodman, from the Board of Rabbis, Northern California, speaking as an individual, stated 
that he enjoyed learning about the mural process from HOMEY. He stated that the mural is 
supposed to be a unifying feature in the community. For Mr. Goodman, the image representing 
Palestine and Israel is not unifying, it is difficult and uncomfortable to look at, as for him it calls to 
mind terrorism. He said that this may be an opportunity for education, to learn that this sort of 
imagery is hurtful to Jews and that this sort of imagery erects a dividing wall between Jews and 
the mural artists. 

Casey Berman stated that he was raised in Noe Valley and the Mission, where he currently 
resides. Mr. Berman thanked the HOMEY representatives for explaining the different portions of 
the mural; he often passes by this mural and enjoys understanding it on a deeper level, and he 
would like to be invited to the HOMEY's closing barbecue. Mr. Berman feels very connected to the 
Latino/a community, as his spouse is Mexican, and teaches third and fourth grade, Latino/a, 
non-English-speaking children. Mr. Berman stated his opinion that the visual cues in the portion of 
the mural being questioned, which depicts Palestinians crashing through the Israel-Palestine 
border through an opening in the shape of the state of Israel, mean self determination for 
everyone except the Jews and the Israelis. Mr. Berman stated that for him, as for many of the 
Jewish faith, Israel is the center of gravity in spite of its geographical distance from San Francisco. 
Mr. Berman stated that this causes a wall to exist between himself and HOMEY, and he would like 
to work with HOMEY to remove this barrier between them. Mr. Berman lived in Israel with a 
number of people, Jews and Christians and Bedouins, among others. He continued by explaining 
that 97% of the Israeli/Palestinian border is comprised of a chainlink fence, and that the cement 
wall represented in the mural only represents 3% of the wall. Prior to the erection of the wall, 
many lives were lost to suicide bombers, including personal family and friends. He said that no 
one, including Israelis, like the wall, but it is considered necessary to save lives. 

Abigail Michelson Porth, with the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), stated that she was 
moved by the HOMEY presentation. She stated that it was educational for her, but that, like Casey 
Berman, she has concerns regarding the selected segment, and would like to be able to engage in 
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community, it should not threaten, frighten, or hurt people. Ms. Porth stated that San Francisco 
and the Mission District are home to a thriving Jewish community, and that this is not represented 
in the mural. She said that Israel is a pluralistic democracy where all who live there, Arabs, Jews, 
Christians and Bedouins, have equal rights. She repeated that 97% percent of the wall is chain 
link, and that the concrete in the mural represents only 3% of the wall. She stated that the 
situation is too complex to be captured in a single image which shows only the Palestinians. She 
said that for Jews living in Israel this wall is a terrible reality that was erected in order to save 
lives, making the images of people breaking through this same wall a frightening image to Jews 
living in the Mission. 

Jessica Trubowitch, with the JCRC,stated that the mural, while very well done, seemed to include 
every community in the Mission except for the Jews. Therefore, the entire community was not 
represented. Ms. Trubowitch stated that a mural as powerful as this one has the power to unite 
the community, but that it can also create barriers. In this case, she said, it isolates members of 
the Jewish community. While the break in the wall is in the shape of the state of Israel, she said 
that the inclusion of the Palestinian people along with the lack of Israeli people seems to negate 
the peaceful, two-state system. She continued that because the majority of the world's Jews live 
in Israel, when Israel appears threatened, the Jewish community feels threatened. Ms. Trubowitch 
stated that this image is particularly threatening because the wall that is shown being shattered 
has saved many lives. She said that this mural is meant to bring the community together, but 
instead this image only reinforces racial and ethnic barriers. 

Nancy Appel, of the Anti-Defamation League ("ADL"), stated that the ADL is dedicated to fighting 
anti-Jewish bias, as well as other forms of extremism and bigotry. Ms. Appel offered her personal 
thank-you to HOMEY for their presentation, and stated that it educated her as to various aspects 
of the mural. Ms. Appel went on to state that on a personal level, when she views images of what 
looks like angry faces, she feels unsafe and unwelcome in the Mission District. She has lived in 
San Francisco for twelve years, and while she supports the City funding mural projects, as a 
Jewish resident of San Francisco, she does not feel that she should feel such a level of threat in 
terms of her Judaism. Ms. Appel repeated that this was an exemplary mural project, but for this 
section in question, which she believes creates an unnecessary barrier. 

Lily Haskew, Program Director for the Arab Resource and Organizing Center ("AROC"), stated that 
the portion of the mural in question represents a vibrant community of people. Ms. Haskew stated 
that many of the Arabs and Palestinians in San Francisco are here because they were forced from 
their land by the State of Israel. She stated that while this wall is being portrayed as something 
that provides safety, it has been built on indigenous land in Palestine, uprooting olive trees, 
hospitals, and families. In this way, she said, it is truly a barrier for the Palestinian people. AROC 
works with Latino/a organizations that are struggling for rights, and she believes this image 
represents the work AROC does in the Mission in connection with Latino/a brothers and sisters and 
is a tangible representation of work done in unity. 

Gilbert Mathews stated that he found it difficult to see the parallel between the Mexican-American 
border wall and the Israeli-Palestine border wall, as the second was built to protect against 
terrorism, while the first was built for very different reasons. Mr. Mathews repeated that only 3% 
of the Israel/Palestine wall is concrete. Mr. Mathews explained that this does not come from an 
anti-Arab position, noting that after 9/11 the ADL was one of the first organizations to work for 
the civil rights of Arabs, but siad that the images on the portion of the mural being discussed 
present only one side of the situation. 

Giulio Sorro stated that as a high school teacher, he is aware of a long history of Jewish people 
standing up for civil rights. He is opposed to the idea of Latinos and African Americans being 
portrayed as a minority, as they are in fact a majority in the world. Mr. Sorro spoke at length 
regarding the mural, saying that the United Nations has passed sanctions against Israel. He felt 
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would be akin to taking the green grass from Ireland and would be akin to ethnic cleansing. Mr. 
Sorro does not feel a connection between the Latino/a community and the ADL. 

Mike McGovern, one of the HOMEY artists, stated that he lives in the Mission and is himself 
Jewish. Mr. McGovern explained that he does not view this as a Jewish issue, as the artists have 
included a number of different countries in the mural. 

Carlos Barahona, a HOMEY artist, expressed that he felt offended at the request to change the 
images in the mural. He questioned the ADL's lack of presence in the Latino/s and African 
American community in the past, particularly in terms of immigration and deportation. Mr. 
Barahona stated that the mural shows his side of the story and his background, and asked that 
the others understand what it is to be in his shoes, to see his side of the story. 

Rene Quinonez, the Director of HOMEY, stated that he was raised in the Mission District. He 
acknowledged that the Israeli/Palestinian struggle is a complex issue that many are not fully 
educated about. However, Mr. Quinonez stated that the mural depicts the experience of many 
Palestinian immigrants in San Francisco. Mr. Quinonez expressed his regret that there is not an 
existing cultural exchange between the HOMEY community and the Jewish community, and that 
this may be the chance to create such. He stated the youths in HOMEY have taken a political 
stance, and that the important point is that they have put their hands onto this mural and as such 
have manifested a cultural exchange within the community. Therefore, he said, it would be sad to 
ask them to alter what has already been painted. The theme for the mural is breaking down 
borders, that no matter what the barrier, it needs to be destroyed because barriers divide people. 
Mr. Quinonez stated that it is his hope that this becomes a learning experience for all involved, 
and that the Jewish community in particular becomes more involved. 

Another member of the public stated that she is Palestinian, and that six members of her family 
have been killed by the Israeli Defense Forces, and her father has had land taken from him in 
order to build the Israel/Palestine wall. She said that the youth who painted the mural were able 
to share their own stories through their identification with the mural, and so for her it is very much 
about solidarity. 

Andrea O'Leary questioned what the Commissioners' role was in this process and what the solution 
to this might look like. 

Commissioner Discussion/Further Comments from HOMEY— Continuation of Item 

Following the close of public comment, Commissioner Przyblyski stated that the Visual Arts 
Committee meeting is not set to function as a debate, but that it is abundantly clear that these 
groups want to talk to each other. Because of the many guidelines which the Committee needs to 
follow in its meetings, discussion can be challenging, so that even though a meaningful dialogue 
can and should take place, this many not be the ideal place for it. 

Commissioner Hunter stated that this is the most interesting and in-depth Visual Arts Committee 
meeting that he has attended since being on the Commission. He said that everyone who spoke, 
spoke with respect, and this provides us with the means to have a meaningful dialogue. 
Commissioner Hunter stated that he looks forward to these groups talking and building solidarity 
together. 

Commissioner Rinder agreed, stating that this is an engaging topic that he could speak about at 
great length, but for the sake of efficiency he would limit himself. The Commission has heard 
many comments, including feelings of being threatened or hurt by this imagery. In light of 
HOMEY's intended theme of solidarity and different cultures working together, Commissioner 
Rinder asked the HOMEY representatives whether any of the feedback they received about this 
mural during this meeting has caused the artists to question or reconsider whether the imagery 
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borders between people or whether it has, instead, gone against the intent of building bridges 
between diverse cultures and communities. 

Ms. Hernandez stated that she is grateful to hear the interpretations of the mural. HOMEY has 
been asking people walking up and down 24 th Street for their interpretations as well. She can 
understand why some viewers would find some imagery uncomfortable, while other viewers find 
this same imagery comforting. Ms. Hernandez stated that on the very corner that the mural 
currently occupies, many lives have been lost to gang violence, not six thousand miles away, but 
right there on that block. Ms. Hernandez continued, saying that HOMEY is sending a symbolic flare 
gun over the world so that this problem can be rectified. She said that they painted images of 
many people, Latino/a people from the Mission, African American people from the Fillmore, 
Palestinian people from the Middle East, to send a flare gun across San Francisco, to Mexico and 
to the Middle East. This is the intent of HOMEY. This is why they do what they do. 

Commissioner Rinder then commented that in the section depicting the Mayan and Aztec people, 
in the North and South of Mexico, they seem to conquer the border between them as they are 
depicted bridging the wall that divides them. Commissioner Rinder asked the HOMEY 
representatives why this same narrative is not occurring on the portion of the mural in question. 

Eric Norberg, the lead artist on this mural for HOMEY, stated that the HOMEY youth first looked at 
the US-Mexican border, which led them to discuss the symbolic meaning of the fence surrounding 
the lot where the mural is located, and this eventually led to a discussion of Palestine. He said that 
the Palestinian wall is a prototype for many walls and borders around the world. By symbolizing it 
in this way, they are showing that this wall is no different from walls in other parts of the world. 
Commissioner Rinder asked Adine Varah, San Francisco Deputy City Attorney, to clarify the scope 
of the Arts Commission's role with respect to the mural— whether it involved funding* or design 
approval. Ms. Varah clarified that the Visual Arts Committee is only considering design approval. 
Section 5.103 of the City Charter provides that the Arts Commission shall "approve the design of 
all works of art before they are acquired, transferred or sold by the City and County, or are placed 
upon or removed from City and County property, or are altered in any way." 
*File note: As noted above, the Arts Commission is not the funding agency for the mural. 
Commissioner Przyblyski stated that anyone in the arts understands that these sorts of public art 
pieces are meant to spark dialogue and they have often incited conflict between artists and 
viewers, Diego Rivera being a well-known example. Commissioner Przyblyski continued by 
explaining that the Arts Commission is not a commission on Middle East foreign policy. The 
questions that Commissioner Rinder asked are typical of those asked by a teacher conducting an 
art class, that of intent versus outcome. This Commission would never tell an artist exactly what 
to paint and how, as it is understood that this is the unique role of the individual artist. However, 
the Commission does want to point out that the handling of the Mayan and Aztec people bridging a 
wall is a very different concept than Palestinians breaking through a wall, and that this would be 
true no matter what images were used as symbols. 

Commissioner Przyblyski went on to say that she visited this mural and believes that on the 
whole, it is artistically very impressive, particularly in terms of the many shifts in perspective and 
its rich thematics. In comparison, she said, the section being discussed is aesthetically flat and, 
judging by the comments made today, the intended concept of breaking down barriers and 
unifying communities has not been realized in this section. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that a firm desire to continue this dialogue, to have an open 
exchange of ideas, exists among all of the groups. The Commission would prefer to give these 
groups the opportunity to dialogue and explore different options before moving to the question of 
design approval, and it can offer the opportunity to engage in a continued dialogue, by continuing 
the item. The Mayor's Office has expressed the hope that this issue be resolved in a positive 
manner, that the artists feel recognized and that the community feels validated. Commissioner 
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Commissioner Przyblyski added that the HOMEY youth are very impressive emerging artists, and 
that all the public comment was passionate and deeply felt. She concluded that there is a lot of 
room here for a positive solution. 

Commissioner Rinder stated that the HOMEY youth showed evidence of artistic excellence, of the 
ability to communicate expression and emotion in impressive ways, so it seems that they have the 
skill and ability to express the idea of this wall in a way that will not divide communities. 

Commissioner Hunter agreed that the mural itself has unintentionally become a kind of wall, and 

that this wall needs to be broken down in order for the artists to achieve what they wish to 

achieve. 

The commissioners unanimously agreed that ongoing dialogue will have a positive result. 

The proposed motion to approve additional HOMEY design elements for a mural at 24 th and Capp 
Streets has been continued to a future Visual Arts Committee meeting. 

Patricia's Green 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton introduced the proposal by the Hayes Valley Community for 
fall 2007 Temporary Public Art Projects on Patricia's Green. Ms. Manton stated that she is pleased 
to report on a happy partnership between the Arts Commission and the Hayes Valley community. 
This partnership began with the planning for and ultimate commissioning of Ghinlon/Transcope by 
Wang Po Shu, a series of slender pole-like sculptures equipped with kaleidoscopic lenses that 
function as miniature observatories providing pedestrians with a transformed view of the 
surrounding environment and passing cars. In June 2005, with the support of the Hayes Valley 
community, artist David Best constructed the Hayes Green Temple, a full-size temple fashioned 
entirely of recycled birch plywood from toy dinosaur model kits. Mr. Best worked with a volunteer 
crew to erect the sculpture and to adorn it with layer upon layer of lattice-like recycled wood. The 
next temporary public art project, entitled Golden Gateway, was implemented in the fall of 2006 
by artist Seyed Alavi. This gateway-like structure was created out of standard scaffolding and was 
covered with 800 17" x 17" pieces of golden fabric on steel cables stretched across the scaffolding 
structure. In place through September, 2007 is the Hayes Green Historic Miniature Golf 
Extravaganza, a fully functioning miniature golf course featuring scale replicas of Hayes Valley 
historic landmarks creates by the artist team Wowhaus. 

Ms. Manton stated that with the completion of the Wowhaus project, we will have exhausted our 
funds for additional temporary projects. The Hayes Valley community has taken the initiative to 
find a way to continue this popular series of public art projects on Patricia's Green. 

Ms. Manton introduced Madeline Behrens-Brigham. Ms. Behrens-Brigham stated that she is one of 
the founding members of the Hayes Valley Merchants Association. At one time, she owned a retail 
store on Hayes Street, and helped to plan many of the first block parties. She explained that one 
of the first projects undertaken by the Merchants Association was to successfully lobby City Hall to 
demolish the overhead Central Freeway offramp and build Octavia Boulevard and Patricia's Green 
in its place. Ms. Behrens-Brigham is now a member of the newly-formed Hayes Valley Art Coalition 
("HVAC"). HVAC will present a full proposal to the Commission at the September 19, 2007 Visual 
Arts Committee meeting. It is the intent of HVAC to present a series of proposals for artworks with 
little to no lag time in between installations. These might include collaborations between groups 
such as the Black Rock Arts Foundation and San Francisco-based art collective Rebar. Ms. 
Behrens-Brigham indicated that the focus of these projects would be on showcasing local artists. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that it is a pleasure to work with a community that is so 
passionate about their commitment to public art, and that the Commission may call upon 
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public art and partnering with the City. 

6. Branch Library Improvement Program 

Public Art Project Manager Judy Moran presented the conceptual proposal by Gina Telcocci for the 
renovated Potrero Branch Library. Ms. Moranstated that this is a preliminary proposal that does not 
include engineering. Ms. Telcocci will complete the engineering portion of the proposal when the 
conceptual proposal is approved by the Commission. 

The Potrero Branch library is a two-story facility that is currently under renovation. When the 
renovation is complete, the library will include a twenty-seven-foot-high atrium where Ms. 
Telcocci's artwork will be installed. Inspired by natural materials, Ms. Telcocci borrowed the form 
for the largest element in this installation from the California Buckeye, a flowering tree native to 
Potrero Hill. The Ohlone Native Americans would cut up the seeds of the California Buckeye, and 
use them to dam up creeks, so that fish would feed on them and become drugged, making them 
easier to catch. This aspect of the artwork will be constructed by weaving willows with tule, as well 
as using both a rope and a fiberglass extension to the ceiling. The artwork will also include an 
open stainless steel wheel element and a delicate bronze wire vessel adjacent to and referencing 
the Buckeye. The entire piece will be sealed with a UVB protective coating. 

Commissioner Rinder advised staff that Ms. Telcocci should be careful when choosing where in the 
atrium to hang the piece, so as not to block the unique view through the windows of the landscape 
surrounding Potrero Hill. 

Motion: Motion to approve the conceptual proposal by artist Gina Telcocci for the Potrero Branch 
Library and to approve the artist to proceed to design development and final design. 

Moved: Rinder/Zhao 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into contract with Gina 
Telcocci for final design, fabrication, transportation and installation of artwork for the renovated 
Potrero Branch Library for an amount not to exceed $35,000. 

Moved: Hunter/Rinder 

7. Moscone Recreation Center 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton presented a review of an alternate sculpture location 
proposed by artist Brian Goggin for the Moscone Recreation Center. Mr. Goggin took his inspiration 
for this piece from the multifaceted history of the Moscone community, including George Moscone, 
who is often associated with San Francisco's progressive, daring and idealistic spirit; the 19 th 
century Harbor View Sea Baths; and the 1906 temporary earthquake shelters, which once stood 
nearby. 

Ms. Manton stated that the original location for Mr. Goggin's sculpture Guide Post was at the front 
entrance to the recreation center, near the children's playground and entry path to the ball fields. 
When Recreation and Parks staff expressed concern regarding safety in such a heavily used 
location, Arts Commission staff suggested that the artist explore alternate locations at the site 
complex which encompasses several blocks. Mr. Goggin has identified a lawn adjacent to the 
sidewalk space in the vicinity of the northeastern baseball field, just north of the intersection of 
Laguna and Francisco Streets. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she and Nancy Gonchar, Interim Director of Cultural Affairs, 
had met with Philip Ginsburg, Chief of Staff from the Mayor's Office. Mr. Ginsburg is very 
supportive of public art and responded favorably to this artwork. All of the Commissioners agreed 
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Motion: Motion to approve alternative site at Laguna and Francisco Streets for sculpture entitled 
Guide Post, by artist Brian Goggin for the Moscone Recreation Center 

Moved: Hunter/Zhao 

8. Public Art Policy Discussion 

Ms. Manton reviewed the progress of policy work on the Percent -for-Art in private development. 
The current legislation requires private developers to spend 1% of their building costs for art at 
the building site. The proposed change would give developers more options regarding the 1% 
which include: spend 100% of the 1% at the building site; spend 50% of the 1% at the building 
site and contribute 45% of the 1% to the public art trust; or give 100% of the 1% to the public art 
trust. The trust would be expended at the discretion of the Arts Commission and used to 
commission new and temporary public art works in the C-3 district and to maintain artwork in the 
C-3 district. There is a proposed cap of 15% for maintenance from any given fund. 

9. PUC Temporary Projects 

Jill Manton reported on the progress of Temporary Projects in Natural Settings. Ms. Manton stated 
that she had previously presented John Melvin's work to the Visual Arts Committee to determine 
whether there was interest in having the artist develop a proposal. Having elicited positive 
response from the Visual Arts Committee, John Melvin was invited to develop a proposal for Lake 
Merced. Before proceeding further with the project, Ms Manton wished to show the preliminary 
proposal to the Visual Arts Committee to make certain it had their support. Mr. Melvin has 
proposed several hundred large, translucent helium balloons that would be suspended just above 
the surface of Lake Merced for approximately three weeks. Ms. Manton has encountered some 
initial concerns as to the environmental impact of this proposal, and is continuing to pursue 
various levels of approval. Commissioner Hunter stated that press coverage would be particularly 
important for a piece as ephemeral as this. The Commissioners expressed enthusiasm for the 
proposed artwork and directed staff to proceed with meetings about the project. 

Ms. Manton stated that Susan Schwartzenberg was commissioned to do a site profile of Lake 
Merced. Ms. Schwartzenberg has created a beautiful document about Lake Merced which indicates 
possible locations and approaches for future art projects at Lake Merced. Ms. Manton displayed the 
mock-up of the document to the Commissioners. 

10. Sunnyside Conservatory Art Enrichment 

Project Manager Judy Moran presented a new project opportunity and discussion of possible 
approaches for art enrichment at Sunnyside Conservatory. Ms. Moran stated that the Sunnyside 
Conservatory is located in the Sunnyside neighborhood on Monterey Boulevard. The conservatory 
includes a garden, and is a 100-year-old San Francisco landmark. The current renovation will 
include a retaining wall, a new fence and gate, and a plaza that will be connected to the 
conservatory via an ADA-accessible path. The Friends of the Sunnyside Conservatory, which 
maintains and programs the facility, has prepared a mission statement for the artwork, which 
expresses an interest in an open-ended interactive imaginative artwork or group of artworks. 
Examples of the type of artwork that the Friends are inspired by for this project were presented by 
Ms. Moran. The examples shown included a series of Claude glass distorting lenses in an outdoor 
setting by Ruth Wallen; Ghinlon/Transcope, the series of kaleidoscopic lenses on Octavia by artist 
Wang Po Shu; and several small bronze sculptures of sirens and harpies by Kiki Smith in Central 
Park. 

Ms. Moran explained that the artist's contract budget, to include design, engineering, materials, 
fabrication, shipping and installation, will be approximately $50,000. A Request for Qualifications 
for Bay Area artists will be issued shortly. 

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excited about this opportunity. She said that many people in San Francisco do not know about the 
Conservatory, and this is a wonderful chance to change that. Ms. O'Leary stated that there has 
been much discussion about artwork that will complement the magical qualities of the 
Conservatory. 

Bill Wilson, another member of the public, spoke about the exotic and extensive collection of 
plants at the Conservatory. 

Sally Ross, another member of the Friends of Sunnyside Conservatory, stated that many of the 
unusual plants in this location are from the Pan-Pacific International Exhibition in 1915. Ms. Ross 
went on to state that the friends would like the Conservatory to continue to be a resource for the 
neighborhood, and spoke of how it has already been a location for a variety of activities, weddings 
and artist residencies. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she would like to serve on the Sunnyside Conservatory panel. 

11. Moscone Center West 

Ms. Manton reported on the proposed engineering solution for Moscone Center West. She stated 
that the engineer has a revised design that addresses a large portion of the issues. Diller Scofidio 
remains committed to this project. If the redesign and re-fabrication fail, Ms. Manton identified a 
list of other options that may be considered by Arts Commission and Moscone. 

12. New Business 

Ms. Manton updated the Committee on the progress of the Harvey Milk Memorial Bust for City 
Hall. Based upon a consensus reached at a site tour in July involving City Hall Docent Tour 
Manager Ellen Schumer; Department of Public Works, Bureau of Architecture Architect Stanley So; 
Harvey Milk City Hall Memorial Committee ("HMCHMC") members Joey Cain and Gary Nathan; 
artist Rob Firmin; City Hall Building General Manager Corry Mehigan; and Arts Commission staff 
members Jill Manton and Susan Pontious; the bust was to be installed on the second floor North 
Light Corridor of City Hall. Prior to bringing this site to the City Hall Preservation Advisory 
Commission ("CHPAC") for approval, Ms. Manton was contacted by HMCHMC to request that the 
second floor rotunda be the site for the artwork based upon their careful evaluation of the pros 
and cons of each site. Another site evaluation will be scheduled with Ms. Schumer, Mr. So, Mr. 
Cain, Mr. Nathan, Mr. Firmin, Ms. Mehigan, Ms. Pontious and Ms. Manton to review and discuss 
possible locations for the sculpture. 

Ms. Manton stated that she is working on a plan for a new test lighting solution for the 
Embarcadero Ribbon sculpture. Currently, staff are working with the company that originally 
installed the fiber optics lighting; they may be willing to assist with the cost of replacement. 

Lastly, Ms. Manton stated that she was interviewed by radio personality Dorka Keehn regarding 
the Arts Commission's Public Art Program. The broadcast is available online at 
http://keehnonart.eom/listen/index.html#JillManton. Ms. Manton encouraged all of the 
Commissioners to listen to it. 

13. Old Business 

There was no old business 

14. Adjournment 

As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:34 p.m. 

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Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during regular business hours. INFO: Ellen 
Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are 
prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting of 
any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing 
electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action 
may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San Francisco Campaign and Governmental 
Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to register and report lobbying activity. For more information 
about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness, Suite 220, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 252-3100, fax (415) 252-3112 and website. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the public. Commissions, 
boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business. This 
ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open 
to the people's review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a 
violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro by mail to Interim Administrator, Sunshine Ordinance 
Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 
554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; or by email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a copy from Ms. 
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



Agenda 

Consent 

1 . Motion to approve the six final poster designs by the artist team of Packard 
Jennings and Steve Lambert, to be installed on Market Street from November 
12, 2007 to March 13, 2008, for the Art on Market Street 2007 Kiosk Poster 
Series(Please see staff report). 

2. Motion to approve the completed artwork Six Degrees, by artists Reddy Lieb 
and Linda Raynsford, an assemblage of glass and metal circular elements, as 
installed on the wall of the lobby in the Glen Park Branch Library and to accept 
the artwork into the Civic Art Collection (Please see staff report). 

24 th and Capp Street Mural 
Jill Manton 
Staff Report 

Presentation of mural design as revised by H.O.M.E.Y. 

Motion: Motion to approve revised design as proposed by H.O.M.E.Y for mural 
located at 24 th and Capp Streets. 



3. Gallery Report 
Meg Shiffler 

Presentation on the upcoming Winter Workshop and the Day of the Dead 
installation at the Grove Street window space. 

Motion: Motionto approve an honorarium of $2,000 to Amber Hasselbring for 
her participation in the Winter Workshop, November 9 - December 22. 

Motion: Motion to approve an artist honorarium in the amount of $500 to Rene 
Yanez for his efforts in coordinating the Day of the Dead installation at Grove 
Street. November 2 - December 22, 2007. 

Note: This exhibition is being presented in conjunction with Day of the Dead 
installations at SomArts, the de Young and the Mission Cultural Center. 

4. Patricia's Green 
Jill Manton 

Presentation by Hayes Valley Art Coalition (HVAC) for an upcoming temporary 
public art project on Patricia's Green. 

Motion: Motion to approve the temporary installation of the sculpture 
Tasseograph: The Trash Tea Temple by the artist team of Shrine and TukTukin 
Patricia's Green sponsored by Black Rock Arts Foundation and the Hayes Valley 
Art Coalition for a period of six months provided safety concerns can be 
addressed in a retrofit of the artwork. 

5. Harvey Milk City Hall Memorial Project 
J/7/ Manton and Susan Pontious 

Presentation of proposed location for the Harvey Milk Memorial sculpture on a 
south facing wall in the Van Ness lobby of City Hall. 



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Motion: Motion to approve location proposal for Harvey Milk Memorial sculpture 
on a south facing wall in the Van Ness lobby of City Hall, pending approval of 
the site by the Harvey Milk City Hall Memorial Committee and the City Hall 
Preservation Advisory Committee. 

6. Rolph Playground and Potrero del Sol Park 

Judy Moran 

Staff Report 

Presentation of revised and developed design of artworks by artist Isis 

Rodriguez for installation at Rolph Playground and Potrero del Sol Park. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final design of two rolled-metal arches by artist 
Isis Rodriguez, one to be installed over an entryway gate at Rolph Playground 
and the other over an entryway gate at the Potrero del Sol Park. 

7. Laguna Honda Hospital 
Susan Pontious 

Presentation of Diana Pumpelly Bates conceptual design for Laguna Honda 
Hospital entry gates. 

Motion: Motion to approve artist Diana Pumpelly Bates' conceptual design for 
Laguna Honda Hospital entry gates. 

8. San Francisco International Airport 
Susan Pontious 

Presentation of design development documents and mock-up of artist Hung 
Liu's proposal for San Francisco International Airport. 

Motion: Motion to approve the design development documents and mock-up of 
artist Hung Liu's proposal for San Francisco International Airport. 

9. Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center 
Tonia Macneil 

Presentation of final design of artwork by Jon Rubin and Jim Goldberg and 
request for action to approve the final design or provide guidance to the artists 
for further work. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final design of artwork by Jon Rubin and Jim 
Goldberg for Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center. 

10. Junipero Serra Playground 

Tonia Macneil 

Presentation of final design of artwork by Bean Finneran for the west facade 
and conceptual design for additional artwork at the north east corner of 
Junipero Serra clubhouse. Request for action to approve the design or provide 
guidance to the artist for further refinement. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final design of artwork by Bean Finneran for the 
west facade and both conceptual and final design for additional artwork at the 
north east corner of Junipero Serra clubhouse. 

1 1 . Civic Art Collection 

Marcus Davies and Carol Marie Daniels 
Staff Report 

Update on civic art collection activities. 

12. New Business 

13. Old Business 

14. Adjournment 



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regular business hours. INFO: Ellen Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness, Suite 220, San 
Francisco. CA 94102 - telephone (415) 252-3100, fax (415) 252-3112 and website. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro by mail to Interim 
Administrator, Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 
244, San Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; 
or by email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a 
copy from Ms. Destro or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative 
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ART ON MARKET STREET 

Packard Jennings and Steve Lambert 



STAFF REPORT 

Artists Packard Jennings and Steve Lambert have created six original poster designs for 
the Art on Market Street Program inspired by a series of conversations with urban 
planning professionals who were asked how they would restructure the Bay Area if they 
were not restricted by budgets, bureaucracy, public opinion,or physics. The artists 
compiled and expanded on these ideas to design develop whimsical images that have all 
been hand-drawn. In addition, the Art on Market Street Program is co-sponsoring a 
public panel with Livable City to include several urban planners to discuss the issues 
raised in the artists' research; and will publish a booklet to include the imagery and 
excerpts from the artists' interviews and the panel discussion. The final designs will be 
available displayed at the Visual Arts Committee meeting. 

Staff recommends approval of Packard Jennings and Steve Lamberts final Poster 
Designs for the Art on Market Street Program. 



SIX DEGREES: AN ARTWORK FOR THE GLEN PARK BRANCH LIBRARY 

By Artists Reddy Lieb and Linda Raynsford 




STAFF REPORT 

Six Degrees is an artwork fabricated and installed successfully as designed and approved 
by the Arts Commission on the lobby wall facing the entrance to the new Glen Park 
Branch Library. The artists worked with neighborhood historians to develop art elements 
in glass, metal, and paint that reflect certain historical events and local natural 
phenomenon through photographic and other imagery. 



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Although the branch is not scheduled to be opened to the public until October 13 .the 
artwork, which is visible from the street, has met with a great deal of acclaim from Glen 
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Note that the photograph above is partial as it does not include three elements installed 
closer to the lower part of the wall. 



Staff recommends approval of the artwork as completed and installed, and acceptance of 
the artwork into the Civic Art Collection. 



Date: September 14, 2007 

To: The Honorable Members of the Visual Arts Committee 

From: Jill Manton, Director, Public Art Program 

Re: Staff Report and Recommendation regarding Homey Mural at 24 th and Capp 



Last month, the Visual Arts Committee reviewed a change to the previously approved 
design proposal submitted by the HOMEY organization for a mural located on the wall of 
a city-owned parking lot at 24 th and Capp Street. The Anti-Defamation League and the 
Jewish Community Resources Council objected to specific images within the mural that 
pertained to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. These images were not included in the mural 
design presented by HOMEY to the Visual Arts Committee at the June 15, 2007 meeting. 
HOMEY presented the new imagery to the Visual Arts Committee at its August 15th 
meeting and there was substantial public comment both favorable and critical of the 
specific imagery. No action was taken by the Visual Arts Committee at that meeting. 
Staff was directed to facilitate further communication between the HOMEY artists and 
the various groups speaking at the meeting. 

Although technically, the mural design returned to the VAC as a result of process, it is 
impossible to deal with process alone without dealing with content and the Commission's 
role relative to imagery that is construed as offensive by some members of the public. 
While the determination of what is offensive is a subjective decision, staff recognizes that 
the new imagery may be seen as offensive or inappropriate for a publicly funded mural 
located on public property. Accordingly we recommended that the HOMEY artists 
revise the imagery associated with this portion of the mural. A precedent for the Arts 
Commission's stance on this matter can be found in our request for modifications to the 
text of a poem commissioned for the Blue Bridge at Geary and Fillmore in response to 
objections raised regarding the text by different groups in the Fillmore/ Western Addition 
community. 

After a month filled with many passionate discussions, a multitude of meetings, an 
outpouring of letters and phone calls, the HOMEY organization will present a revised 
proposal to the Visual Arts Committee on September 19 th . The HOMEY artists, staff and 
leadership have listened carefully to objections raised about the particular section of the 
mural in question and have also heard a variety of perspectives and interpretations. 
HOMEY staff have used this discourse as an opportunity to work with and educate the 
youth participants about the Middle Eastern conflict, the public approval process and the 
politics of compromise. The resulting proposal for change to this portion of the mural is 
their well considered synthesis and response to the sea of information conveyed to them. 

In making the following recommendation, Arts Commission staff believes we have 
exercised reasonable discretion and judgment in evaluating the revised design proposal. 
We therefore recommend approval of the revised imagery for the following reasons. 



1 . We do not believe it is feasible to return to the original sketch. 

2. We believe that the HOMEY artists have addressed the primary objections to 
the mural: 

(a) the shape and form of the break in the wall corresponded to the form of the 
state of Israel. The new revised design changes the crack at the top of the wall to 
more of an organic form suggesting mountainous terrain. The olive tree integrates 
within the linear imagery to further modify the form of the break in the wall. 

(b) the kafia draped face is considered threatening, hostile and aggressive 
imagery by many Jewish individuals. This image has been changed. The kafia is 
no longer draped across the face and is instead wrapped around the face, in a 
manner used by many women. 

3. A new image of the olive tree has been added that the HOMEY artists believe 
is a universal symbol of peace and a part of nature and the terrain common to both 
groups. We interpret this as a genuine effort on the part of the HOMEY artists to 
interject a new conciliatory perspective that is more consistent with the premise of 
unity and breaking down boundaries and borders as stated in their original text 
accompanying their proposal. 

In good faith, we believe that we should not mandate further changes to the mural. We 
cannot require that the artists represent an equal depiction of the two sides involved in the 
conflict. With some level of frustration, we realize that there is no decision regarding the 
content that will completely please all sides involved in the debate about the mural. 
Given the complexity of the issues raised, staff thinks it is a remarkable accomplishment 
that a remedy and compromise were reached within the time frame of a month. The 
young artists and their leadership are to be congratulated for their openness to listen and 
contemplate change. We also thank the many groups with whom we have met this past 
month for their heartfelt and sincere effort and the hundreds of individuals who took the 
time to convey their strong thoughts on this matter to the Arts Commission. 



ROLPH PLAYGROUND AND POTRERO DEL SOL PARK 

Is is Rodriguez 



STAFF REPORT 

Isis Rodriguez is requesting approval for a revision to her previously approved 
conceptual proposal for a painted rolled iron gateway element for each of two gateway 
entrances, one at Rolph Playground and the other at Potrero del Sol Park. Originally, the 
artwork elements were designed to be bolted to the top of the gate leaves. However, due 
to structural concerns and aesthetic reconsiderations, the artist proposes adapting her 
designs into arches that would curve over the top of the gates and only be attached to the 
posts at the outer edges of the gates. 

Staff recommends approval of Isis Rodriguez' revised Conceptual Proposal for gateway 
elements for Rolph Playground and Potrero del Sol Park. 



Staff Report 

To: Visual Arts Committee 

From: Susan Pontious 

Date: Sept. 12, 2007 

Re: Approval of Design Development for Hung Liu's Take Off, 2006 proposed for SFO. 

Attachments: 

a. Sample of artwork (detail and full image) using proposed project media and 

technique. Note: this is not our image, it is another artwork using the same 

technique. 

Motion: Motion to approve design development for Hung Liu's Take Off, 2006, proposed 

for gate room A-5 at San Francisco International Airport. 

Staff Recommendation: Approve 

I made a site visit to Magnolia Editions in Oakland to see a series of test panels that Hung Liu has 
made at Magnolia. This technique involves taking a digital image of one of the artist's previous 
paintings, and manipulating that imagery in Photoshop: some details are removed, and others are 
added. The new image is then printed onto a laminated oak panel that has been primed with 
gesso. Once the image has been printed onto the panel, the artist then paints into the image with 
oil paints, which is how she is able to apply her signature drips. 

The artist's original proposal was for laminates of resin, which the artist would have painted with 
printing ink, layered over a print mounted on aluminum or plastic panels. I had a number of 
concerns over this approach, and feel that the new technique is far superior. The resulting 
artworks were very rich and beautiful and characteristic of Hung's oeuvre. 

As referenced above, the support for the artwork is a Vi" laminated oak panel which is attached to 
oak strainers. This assembly is fabricated by a cabinet maker, and is beautifully crafted. The 
finished artwork will be coated with a reversible UV protective coating. 



San Francisco Arts Commission 
Civic Art Collection Update 

September 19, 2007 
Prepared by Marcus Davies 



The following document is intended to outline recent activity and development related to 
the Civic Art Collection: 

• Over the last two months a great deal of time has been invested in the tracking of 
outstanding interdepartmental loans. Through extensive cross-referencing of digitized 
and paper records, 501 artworks (not including those at General Hospital) have been 
identified as currently on loan to city agencies, with 300 objects in need of location 
confirmation and in-person condition inspection. 

• Arrangements have been made to have a professional conservator of tapestry and 
textiles examine two insect damaged artworks, as discussed at the May 2007 Visual Arts 
Committee meeting. Following the conservator's assessment a suitable deaccession plan 
will be implemented if deemed appropriate and in the best interest of the collection. 

• In late August a framed 8"xl0" black and white photograph was found inside of an 
unmarked envelope in the collection storeroom. The subject of the photograph, depicted 
in soft-focus profile, is identified on the matting as Moya del Pino, a San Francisco artist 
whose work includes contributions to the Coit tower frescoes and the 1935 Acme Beer 
Company murals located inside the African- American Art and Culture Complex. The 
signature on the photograph clearly reads Edward Weston. Because no record of the 
photograph exists within the collection files the former Collections Manager has been 
contacted in the hopes of determining provenance. Given the potential value of the 
photograph and its unstable condition, a conversation with SFMOMA's conservation 
department regarding treatment options and conservator referrals has been initiated. 
Efforts are also underway to obtain a confident appraisal. Further information will be 
related to the Visual Arts Committee as received. 

• Additional upgrades to the collection's off-site storage are pending in preparation for 
the housing of artworks recalled/returned from city offices and General Hospital. 



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Wednesday, September 19, 2007 

3:00 p.m. 

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

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Commissioners Present: APR ] 6 2008 

Leonard Hunter, P. J. Johnston, Lawrence Rinder 

Absent: Dede Wilsey, Pop Zhao, Jeannene Przyblyski RANCISCO 

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Nancy Gonchar, Jill Manton, Judy Moran, Susan Pontious, Ellen Shershow, Meg Shiffler 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 

The meeting commenced at 3:08 p.m. 

1. Consent 

1. Motion to approve the six final poster designs by the artist team of Packard Jennings and Steve 
Lambert, to be installed on Market Street from November 12, 2007 to March 13, 2008, for the Art 
on Market Street 2007 Kiosk Poster Series. 

2. Motion to approve the completed artwork Six Degrees, by artists Reddy Lieb and Linda 
Raynsford, an assemblage of glass and metal circular elements, as installed on the wall of the 
lobby in the Glen Park Branch Library and to accept the artwork into the Civic Art Collection. 
(Please see staff report) 

Motion: Motion to adopt the consent calendar items. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

2. 24 th and Capp Street Mural 

Commissioner Johnston requested that Public Art Program Director Jill Manton read her staff 
report aloud to the Committee. 

Ms. Manton went over the history of the mural, and of the process that occurred over the past 
month in regard to the mural design. Members of the community have objected to specific images 
within the mural that pertain to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. She stated that HOMEY's (Homies 
Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth) original sketch, submitted and approved by the Visual 
Arts Committee on June 15, 2007, did not include these images. HOMEY presented this new 
imagery to the Visual Arts Committee at its August 15 meeting and there was substantial public 
comment both favorable and critical of the specific imagery. No action was taken by the Visual 
Arts Committee at that meeting. After a month filled with many passionate discussions, a 
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brought a revised proposal to today's Visual Arts Committee meeting. Ms. Manton stated that staff 
recommendation is to approve this proposed revision to the mural, and she listed the aspects of 
the mural that were altered: 

1. A new image of an olive tree has been added to the mural that the HOMEY artists believe is a 
universal symbol of peace and a part of the landscape common to both groups. 

2. The revised design changes the image that previously referenced the map of the state of Israel 
to a more organic form suggesting mountainous terrain. 

3. The kaffiyeh is no longer draped across the bottom face in the group of four faces. The kaffiyeh 
is now wrapped around the face in a manner worn by many women. 

Commissioner Johnston then introduced Nancy Hernandez; Education and Outreach Coordinator 
for HOMEY. Ms. Hernandez stated that she was happy to see so many people in attendance. She 
expressed her gratitude to everyone who has been a part of this process, whether through writing 
letters or meeting and talking with the HOMEY's. She also thanked everyone who had offered 
support of the initial mural and all those who had expressed criticism. Ms. Hernandez explained 
that many of the youth involved in the mural were not able to attend today's meeting due to their 
class schedule, and that this process has in itself been a learning process for the youth. 

Over two hundred individuals worked on the mural, including those who had worked on the 
original mural when they were in high school; the original mural was painted seven years ago and 
destroyed in a storm last winter. Ms. Hernandez stated that it is HOMEY's hope that the revisions 
reflect HOMEY's efforts to maintain their message to the entire community. 

Ms. Hernandez read her letter of September 19, 2007,to the Arts Commission: 

"After receiving feedback on our mural "Breaking Down Barriers, Building Bridges to Solidarity," 
we have decided to alter the segment which references the wall in Palestine/Israel. Our intention 
was to draw parallels between the issues at the U.S./Mexico border and the Israeli/Palestinian 
security barrier. Our point is that building of walls, on 24 th Street, in the southwest, or in the 
Middle East doesn't solve conflict between peoples. We consider this section of the mural to be a 
statement of solidarity between the residents of the San Francisco Mission District and global 
movements for oppressed peoples to gain self-determination. After discussions with the Arts 
Commission, the JCRC, Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Voice for Peace, AROC, and various Arab 
and Jewish artists and community workers, where we were given feedback on how the image we 
chose translates to different communities. We asked for suggestions on how to best maintain our 
message, and make the image more acceptable to the diverse community we live in. 
We brought the suggestions back to our group and decided to keep the section as part of the 
mural, with a few additions and changes that will hopefully make the mural better represent our 
theme. 

The changes we propose to make are as follows: 

-Open up the hole in the wall so that it does not resemble the shape of any state. 

-Add sky where the wall used to tower over the people, to symbolize a brighter future. 

-Add an olive tree, growing through the rubble of the wall towards the sky, to symbolize peace, 

and nature's ability to overcome man-made challenges. 

-Add the face of a woman to the person who has the Kaffiyeh worn around the face. 

We hope that with these additions, everyone feels like their concerns were heard and incorporated 
into the revision. Thank you to all who supported us on this project and to all the volunteers who 
enabled us to mobilize over 200 people to be a part of creating this mural. Thank you to everyone 
who wrote letters of support for the project and to the San Francisco Arts Commission for all your 
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and Mike Ramos for all their time and dedication on this project." 

Commissioner Johnston explained the Visual Arts Committee process to the members of the 
public. He requested that public comment focus on the mural at issue and on the process involved 
in a decision regarding the possible redesign of the mural. 

Albert Greenberg stated that he supports the current redesign of the mural. He stated that he had 
been involved in the American Festival, which brought together a number of diverse communities, 
and that this was what he considered radical politics. Mr. Greenberg stated that there is a thriving 
Jewish community that has lived in the Mission District for many years. Mr. Greenberg's hope is 
that this Jewish community can get to know the HOMEY community, and vice versa. 

Jim Haber stated that he is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP). Mr. Haber stated that he 
appreciates the mural as it stands now, prior to the redesign, though he is also supportive of the 
changes HOMEY has proposed. He stated that the shape of the crack in the wall did not look like 
the state of Israel to him, nor is the image of the kaffiyeh wrapped across a face threatening to 
him. Mr. Haber stated that to talk about this image makes a mockery of real cases of 
anti-Semitism that exist in the world today. 

Hene Kelly stated that she is a retired teacher, and that currently she gives tours of San Francisco 
to international students. Ms. Kelly often brings students to the Mission, in part for its vibrant and 
diverse restaurants, and in particular for its wonderful murals and integrated neighborhoods. The 
Mural at 24 th and Capp Street will become part of her tour, as it speaks to youth from all over 
the world. Ms. Kelly stated that she was proud to have such a wonderful mural to show to visiting 
students. 

Abby Michelson Porth of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) thanked the Arts 
Commission, the HOMEY organization, Nancy Hernandez and Rene Quihonez for being so 
responsive and for doing so much. Ms. Porth stated that it is her hope that the dialogue created 
here will continue to grow and thrive. She stated that the JCRC supports the HOMEY sketch to 
revise the mural. 

Bryan Schwartz stated that he is a civil right lawyer in San Francisco. He represents a large 
variety of people, people of color, people with disabilities, and so on. Mr. Schwartz said that his 
message is a different one than what has been stated thus far. The Mission district has a strong 
Latino community, and the mural is supposed to talk about global movements. With this in mind, 
Mr. Schwartz told of a group of people in Peru who are in the religious minority. They are unable 
to practice their religion, are unable to, for example, obtain food that meets their dietary 
restrictions. These are Inca Jews. These Jews have a single goal: to emigrate to Israel; this is 
their self determination. Some of these Jews have been able to relocate to the West Bank of 
Israel, and are very happy there. Mr. Schwartz stated that he raises this issue to exemplify why 
the original design of the portion of the mural in question is not appropriate, as it simplifies an 
extremely complicated situation. 

Lily Haskell, with the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC), stated that she is inspired by 
the passion of the HOMEY youth. In addition, she appreciates seeing people from such diverse 
communities come out in support of self-expression for artists. Ms. Haskell stated that she is 
saddened to see the Arts Commission bullied by what she referred to as "racist Zionists," as she 
believes public art should speak for those who otherwise would not have a voice. The mural is 
about solidarity, and as such, Ms. Haskell is proud and honored to stand in solidarity in support of 
the mural. 

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Mr. Bernstein moved to the Bay Area from Texas, where he attended a public university that 
displays statues of Confederate heroes. The campus often engaged in rigorous debate about how 
to deal with such statues. Many people felt offended, hurt, or like they were not a part of the 
campus community. Mr. Bernstein stated that it is important to keep such examples in mind 
because while we want public art to have a message, we want this message to be inclusive, so 
that people from different backgrounds will not feel ostracized. Mr. Bernstein's concern is that, 
based on comments made today, this mural could inspire anti-Semitism. Mr. Bernstein stated that 
there are a variety of reasons why he does not feel the US/Mexican border and the 
Israeli/Palestinian border is an appropriate comparison, but his main concern is that Jewish people 
walking down 24 th Street may be made to feel ostracized by the current or revised mural design. 

Joel Frangquist stated that he is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP). He supports the theme 
of the mural and the inclusion of the Palestinian imagery, as well as the revised design, though he 
is saddened that revisions have to be made. Mr. Frangquist said that he feels the accusations of 
violence and hate have been overdrawn. It is Mr. Frangquist's hope that the Visual Arts Committee 
will approve the redesign, and that the process engaged by the Arts Commission has been healing. 

Carol Sanders stated that she is disturbed that the letter from the JCRC claims to speak for the 
Jewish community, as she is a member of the Jewish community and the letter does not speak for 
her. Ms. Sanders feels that the Palestinian voice is consistently silenced by the media. Ms. 
Sanders went on to say the JCRC has protested the Palestinian cultural mural at San Francisco 
State as well as Palestinian art at the Berkeley Art Museum. In each of these cases the community 
has successfully resisted this censorship. In the case of this mural, the JCRC has stated that the 
image is threatening to the Jewish community. Conversely, Ms. Sanders is uplifted by the mural 
imagery, but is troubled by the way the JCRC has portrayed the Jewish community. 

Zoe Gorman stated that she is an artist and a member of JVP. As such, she is amazed to hear that 
people see hate in this mural, as she does not see it. Ms. Gorman stated that she likes the image 
of the olive tree, which is a symbol of peace in the Middle East, and that she appreciates the spirit 
of cooperation apparent in the process of creating the mural. Ms. Gorman went on to discuss the 
Palestinian cultural mural at San Francisco State, a situation that she was outraged by. 

Gina Waldman stated that she is a refugee from the Middle East and a Jew. Her family was almost 
burned alive while escaping anti-Semitic mobs in Libya in 1967. Ms. Waldman is appealing to the 
Commission as a 1993 recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian award and as a 
victim of hatred and intolerance. Ms. Waldman commended the Commission for allowing the 
mural, but stated that she is troubled by the fact that the mural's depiction of the Middle East in 
conflict is not uniting but dividing the community. In its current design, the mural does not show 
the Israeli victims of suicide attacks. Ms. Waldman asked, is it not an injustice to show the 
suffering of one group of people and not those on the other side? Ms. Waldman held up a picture 
of a young Israeli girl who was killed by a suicide bomber, a girl who would not have died had the 
wall in question been erected earlier. 

Maria Martinez stated that she is a native San Franciscan, an active community member, a scholar 
and an artist. She recently took a trip to the US/Mexico border, and learned that the company that 
built that wall is the same one that is building the Israel/Palestine wall. Ms. Martinez is inspired by 
the way in which the mural talks about both national and local issues, and supports its current 
design; she does not believe any additional changes should be made. 

Mo Shooer stated that he is a member of JVP. Mr. Shooer pointed out that there are often a 
variety of emotional and political issues that arise in discussion of the Middle East. Mr. Shooer 
feels the mural is a symbol of these. On a personal level, Mr. Shooer does not support the Israeli 
occupation, and feels the wall is emblematic of this occupation; he supports the mural in its 
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conflicting responses. Mr. Shooer added that he is mystified by the Arts Commission's process of 
approval, and by the withholding of the stipends for the HOMEY youth, and asked whether this 
was a result of outside pressure. 

Julie L. Bernstein stated that she is a twenty-six year old native San Franciscan, and she supports 
all of the work being done. She looks forward to being more involved in the community that 
created this mural since she grew up in San Francisco and lives in San Francisco and is passionate 
about her ancestors, who include holocaust survivors and Yemenite Israelis. Ms. Bernstein is 
saddened by the fact that this has seemingly become a platform to throw insults around within the 
Jewish community. Ms. Bernstein thanked the Commission for listening to her comments. 

Doug Kahn stated that he is a Rabbi and the Director of JCRC. Rabbi Kahn began by stating that 
from the beginning, the JCRC felt strongly that the HOMEY youth should be paid as soon as 
possible, and did not exert any pressure to the contrary. The JCRC did have concerns about the 
mural, and were eager to enter into a dialogue with HOMEY with regards to these concerns. The 
JCRC is grateful to HOMEY and to the Arts Commission for their willingness to listen to these 
concerns. There are concerns that remain, partially in regards to a profoundly different view of the 
security barrier portion of the Israel/Palestine wall. However, Rabbi Kahn stated that significant 
strides have been made in the proposed redesign, to the point that the JCRC no longer formally 
objects to moving forward with the redesign of the mural proposed by HOMEY. Rabbi Kahn added 
that some of the comments made today and throughout this process have reinforced the 
polarizing devices that the JCRC objected to in the beginning. Rabbi Kahn stated that this puts an 
exclamation point on why the JCRC raised objections to begin with. He said that no San Franciscan 
should be made to feel alienated or that they are not a part of a given community by virtue of art 
that is publicly funded. 

Enrico Morales stated that he immigrated to the Bay Area from El Salvador when he was two years 
old. Mr. Morales stated then when he first saw this mural, he felt an instant connection with it. 
Though he is not from Mexico, his family crossed the US/Mexico border and it has great 
significance for him. Mr. Morales currently attends City College, where he has met a number of 
people from different communities, including the Jewish community and the Palestinian 
community. In many conversations, the issue of walls between countries has arisen, and this has 
caused Mr. Morales to see many parallels between the US/Mexico border wall and the 
Israel/Palestine wall; anytime you set up borders between people it is similar to racism, assigning 
certain spots to certain people. Mr. Morales feels the civil rights of the HOMEY youth have been 
violated, and believes that the mural should have been left the way it was. Mr. Morales concluded 
by stating that he applauds HOMEY for compromising, but does not believe the Arts Commission 
should have asked HOMEY to do so. 

Jazmln Barrera stated that she was born and raised in the Mission District. She read aloud the 
letter that has been sent to the Arts Commission from Saint Peter's Housing Authority in support 
of the original mural design. 

Husam Zakharta stated that he is a Palestinian-American, and a resident of the Bay Area. Mr. 
Zakharta used to work to compile stories of Arab-Americans who had been discriminated against 
in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. One such case involved a man who worked as a 
custodian. This man received a letter that was addressed simply, "To the suicide bomber." This 
was one of many cases that cause many Arab-Americans to live in constant fear. Mr. Zakharta 
stated that as a Palestinian, it was wonderful to stand in solidarity with minority brothers and 
sisters and to have the Palestinian voice heard. Mr. Zakharta is saddened that his people are often 
labeled terrorists. 

As there were no other requests, Commissioner Johnston stated that this concluded public 
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come back to the Commission due to changes in the design, as reflected by other items on the 
Visual Arts Committee agenda today, making this process a typical one for the Commission. 
Commissioner Hunter found public comment to be very constructive and thanked the Arts 
Commission staff for facilitating it. 

Adine Varah, San Francisco Deputy City Attorney, explained that this mural project is on City 
property and is being funded with a Community Challenge Grant, formerly known as a 
Neighborhood Beautification Fund Grant, in collaboration with the Department of Parking and 
Traffic and Department of Administrative Services. The Arts Commission is not the funding agency 
for this mural, nor is the Arts Commission responsible for distributing funds for the mural. This 
matter is before the Arts Commission because Section 5.103 of the San Francisco Charter states 
that the Arts Commission must "approve the design and location of all works of art before they are 
acquired, transferred or sold by the City and County, or are placed upon or removed from City and 
County property, or are altered in any way." The City's grant agreement form, in turn, requires 
grantees to obtain all necessary City approvals as a condition of the grant for the mural. 

Commissioner Rinder stated that this process is a necessary element of democratic discourse. He 
stated that in his vote for the redesign, he will keep in mind the proposed imagery as well as the 
process the Art Commission is asked to follow. He continued that this has been the most 
educational item to occur in his time as a Commissioner, and that he commends HOMEY, and 
Nancy Hernandez in particular, for setting a wonderful example of a strong public art practice. The 
proposed redesign more successfully conveys the original concept of the mural and acts as a 
strong visual articulation of HOMEY's stated goals. Finally, Commissioner Rinder thanked HOMEY 
for their work, their attention and their courage. 

Commissioner Johnston stated that this has been a positive experience. He applauded members of 
the public taking the time out of a workday to attend this meeting, and expressed his gratitude to 
HOMEY, the JCRC, ADL, AROC and others who brought passion and intelligence to a difficult topic. 
The resulting mural will be a rich addition to our public art tradition in San Francisco. Art is 
supposed to generate dialogue and interest, he said, and if the City of San Francisco can help to 
encourage that while remaining respectful of its citizens then we are doing something right. 

Motion: Motion to approve revised design as proposed by HOMEY for mural located at 24 th and 
Capp Streets. 
Moved: Hunter/Rinder 
3. Gallery Report 

Gallery Director Meg Shiffler presented the upcoming Winter Workshop and the Day of the Dead 
installation at the Grove Street window space. Ms. Shiffler stated that Amber Hasselbring was 
selected from a pool of thirty-nine applicants to participate in the Winter Workshop. Ms. 
Hasselbring has already completed a number of performative art pieces. Her project with the Arts 
Commission Gallery is titled The Mission Greenbelt Project. For this project she has mapped out a 
large geographic section of the Mission District, which she hopes to connect with a 'greenbelt' of 
her own design. She will use the Arts Commission Gallery as a headquarters for this project, 
displaying maps and native plants, and holding workshops for community members who will assist 
in implementing the greenbelt. She wil I bring guests to run these workshops, such as ecologists 
who will talk about plant life and City staff who will talk about obtaining permits. Ms. Shiffler 
stated that the Gallery will provide Ms. Hasselbring with a stipend to assist in the coordination of 
this project. 

Ms. Shiffler concluded by presenting Rene Yanez' project in the Grove Street window space. Mr. 
Yanez will mount a Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) installation. This will be presented in 
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Motion: Motionto approve an honorarium of $2,000 to Amber Hasselbring for her participation in 
the Winter Workshop, November 9-December 22, 2007. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

Motion: Motion to approve an artist honorarium in the amount of $500 to Rene Yanez for his 

efforts in coordinating the Day of the Dead installation at Grove Street. November 2-December 

22, 2007. 

Note: This exhibition is being presented in conjunction with Day of the Dead installations at 

SomArts, the de Young and the Mission Cultural Center. 

Moved: Hunter/Rinder 

4. Patricia's Green 

Jill Manton introduced Melissa Alexander, Executive Director of the Black Rock Arts Foundation 
("BRAF"), to describe a possible new public art installation at Patricia's Green in conjunction with 
the Hayes Valley Art Coalition ("HVAC"). 

Ms. Alexander showed images of Tasseograph: The Trash Tea Temple by the artist team of Shrine 
and TukTuk. HVAC has been working in partnership with BRAF and the Arts Commission to bring 
this temporary sculpture installation to San Francisco for installation at Patricia's Green in Hayes 
Valley for a period of approximately six months. 

Ms. Alexander stated that this seems an appropriate piece as it affords so many opportunities; for 
example, it invites tea ceremonies and collaborations with the Asian Art Museum. Ms. Alexander 
and Ms. Manton spoke about the budget for this process, and the permits needed from the 
Recreation and Parks Department. The Commission requested that safety concerns be considered 
as well. 

5. Harvey Milk City Hall Memorial Project 

Jill Manton and Project Manager Susan Pontiouspresented the proposed location for the Harvey 
Milk Memorial sculpture on a south-facing wall in the Van Ness lobby of City Hall. 

Ms. Manton stated that she and Ms. Pontious met with City Hall Docent Tour Manager Ellen 
Schumer; Department of Public Works, Bureau of Architecture Architect Stanley So; Harvey Milk 
City Hall Memorial Committee ("HMCHMC") members Joey Cain and Gary Nathan; artist Rob 
Firmin and City Hall Building General Manager Corry Mehigan. Several sites in City Hall were 
evaluated based on prominence, access and lighting. The group unanimously concluded that the 
south-facing wall in the Van Ness lobby of City Hall would be the ideal location for the Harvey Milk 
Memorial sculpture. This site is currently occupied by the bust of Mayor Rossi. Ms. Manton stated 
that she is researching the cost of moving the Mayor Rossi bust to another location in City Hall. 
Ms. Manton then introduced Mr. Cain. 

Mr. Cain thanked Ms. Manton and the Arts Commission for partnering with the HMCHMC. He 
repeated that all involved felt the chosen location was the ideal spot due to its high visibility and 
lighting. 

Ms. Manton concluded by publicly thanking Ms. Schumer for her invaluable help in this process. 

Motion: Motion to approve location proposal for Harvey Milk Memorial sculpture on a south-facing 
wall in the Van Ness lobby of City Hall, pending approval of the site by the Harvey Milk City Hall 
Memorial Committee and the City Hall Preservation Advisory Committee. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

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Project Manager Judy Moran presented the revised and further-developed design of artworks by 
artist Isis Rodriguez for installation at Rolph Playground and Potrero del Sol Park. Ms. Moran 
explained that Ms. Rodriguez had previously presented a conceptual proposal for a painted rolled 
iron gateway element for each of two gateway entrances, one at Rolph Playground and the other 
at Potrero del Sol Park. 

Originally, the artwork elements were designed to be bolted to the top of the gate leaves. 
However, due to structural concerns and aesthetic reconsiderations, the artist proposes adapting 
her designs into longer arches that would curve over the top of the gates and only be attached to 
the posts at the outer edges of the gates. This would allow the gates to open and close easily, and 
is a more impressive presentation of her original conceptual idea. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final design of two rolled-metal arches by artist Isis Rodriguez, one 
to be installed over an entryway gate at Rolph Playground and the other over an entryway gate at 
the Potrero del Sol Park. 
Moved: Hunter/Rinder 

7. Laguna Honda Hospital 

This item has been tabled to a future Visual Arts Commission meeting. 

8. San Francisco International Airport 

Ms. Pontious presented the design development documents and mock-up of artist Hung Liu's 
proposal for San Francisco International Airport. Ms. Pontious stated that Ms. Liu had originally 
proposed panels painted with printing ink, and covered with a resin laminate. Ms. Liu's revised 
design technique involves taking a digital image of one of the artist's previous paintings, and 
manipulating that imagery in Photoshop: some details are removed, and others are added. The 
new image is then printed onto a laminated oak panel that has been primed with gesso. Once the 
image has been printed onto the panel, the artist then paints into the image with oil paints, which 
is how she is able to apply her signature drips. 

Motion: Motion to approve the design development documents and mock-up of artist Hung Liu's 
proposal for San Francisco International Airport. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

9. Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center 

In the absence of Project Manager Tonia Macneil, Jill Manton and Public Art Program Associate 
Ellen Shershow presented two examples of the final design of artwork by Jon Rubin and Jim 
Goldberg. 

The first image reflected the entire piece, which consists of hundreds of images of trophies 
inscribed with the names of community members who have connections with Minnie and Lovie 
Ward, scaled down to 18% of its finished size. The second was an image of a small section of the 
artwork at full scale. The artwork will be installed in the community room. The full-size 
dimensions, excluding the central window, are 26 ft. high by 40 ft. wide. The final artwork will be 
executed in a laminated and durable plastic material. 

The final layout and color will be reviewed by artists Bruce Tomb, Jon Rubin and Ms. Macneil for 
technical details prior to being sent to the fabricator. In addition, multiples of the bottom section 
will be manufactured and stored at the Arts Commission offices, so that these sections may be 
easily replaced if they should become damaged. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final design of artwork by Jon Rubin and Jim Goldberg for Minnie 
and Lovie Ward Recreation Center. 
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10. Junipero Serra Playground 

In Ms. Macneil's absence,Ms. Manton and Ms. Shershow presented artwork by Bean Finneran for 
the south facade and conceptual design for additional artwork at the northeast corner of Junipero 
Serra clubhouse. 

Ms. Manton and Ms. Shershow showed a small architectural drawing of both the north wall and the 
south fagade. In addition, they showed the Committee the colors of the design proposed for each 
mosaic along with samples of actual tiles to be used. 

Although the south fagade is the preferred location of staff and of the Committee, Ms. Finneran 
understands the community's interest in having work on the north wall near the entry most used 
by the community, and stated that she could do both the north wall and the south fagade within 
her project budget. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final design of artwork by Bean Finneran for the west fagade, and 

both conceptual and final design for additional artwork at the northeast corner of Junipero Serra 

clubhouse. 

Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

11. Civic Art Collection 

Ms Pontious stated that Project Manager Carol Marie Daniels, and Collections staff Vicky Knoop 
and Marcus Davies had visited San Francisco General Hospital to locate work in the Arts 
Commission collection. In addition, Marcus Davies distributed the following staff report to the 
Committee: 

The following document is intended to outline recent activity and development related to the Civic 
Art Collection: 

• Over the last two months a great deal of time has been invested in the tracking of outstanding 
interdepartmental loans. Through extensive cross-referencing of digitized and paper records, 501 
artworks (not including those at General Hospital) have been identified as currently on loan to city 
agencies, with 300 objects in need of location confirmation and in-person condition inspection. 

• Arrangements have been made to have a professional conservator of tapestry and textiles 
examine two insect-damaged artworks, as discussed at the May 2007 Visual Arts Committee 
meeting. Following the conservator's assessment, a suitable deaccession plan will be implemented 
if deemed appropriate and in the best interest of the collection. 

• In late August, a framed 8"xl0" black and white photograph was found inside of an unmarked 
envelope in the Collection storeroom. The subject of the photograph, depicted in soft-focus profile, 
is identified on the matting as Moya del Pino, a San Francisco artist whose work includes 
contributions to the Coit Tower frescoes and the 1935 Acme Beer Company murals located inside 
the African-American Art and Culture Complex. The signature on the photograph clearly reads 
"Edward Weston." Because no record of the photograph exists within the Collection files, the 
former Collections Manager has been contacted in the hopes of determining provenance. Given the 
potential value of the photograph and its unstable condition, a conversation with SFMOMA's 
conservation department regarding treatment options and conservator referrals has been initiated. 
Efforts are also underway to obtain a confidential appraisal. Further information will be related to 
the Visual Arts Committee as received. 

• Additional upgrades to the Collection's off-site storage are pending in preparation for the housing 
of artworks recalled or returned from City offices and General Hospital. 

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There was no new business 

13. Old Business 

There was no old business 

14. Adjournment 

As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:06 p.m. 

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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during regular business hours. INFO: Ellen 
Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are 
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any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing 
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1 . Consent 

2. Gallery Report 

Meg Shiffler and Nancy Gonchar 

Discussion regarding continued programming at the Grove Street window site. 

3. 525 Golden Gate Avenue-New PUC Office Building 
Jill Manton 

Presentation of integrated artwork by artist Ned Kahn on the north facade of 
the new Public Utilities Commission office building at 525 Golden Gate Avenue. 

Motion: Motion to approve the design proposal for an integrated wind activated 
artwork submitted by Ned Kahn for north facade of the new Public Utilities 
Commission office building at 525 Golden Gate Avenue. 

Discussion regarding commissioning artist Isabella Kirkland for a two- 
dimensional artwork in the lobby of the Public Utilities Commission office 
building at 525 Golden Gate Avenue. 

Motion: Motion to approve an honorarium payment in the amount of $2,500 to 
Isabelle Kirkland for the development of a proposal for a two dimensional 
artwork to be placed in the lobby of the new Public Utilities Commission office 
building at 525 Golden Gate Avenue. 

4. Patricia's Green 
Jill Manton 

Report on mixed media public art piece entitled Tree of Life, an artist 
designed installation consisting of recycled and salvaged materials. 

Motion:Motion to approve the design of Tree of Life a mixed media installation 
consisting of recycled and salvaged materials to be installed on Patricia's 
Green in Hayes Valley. 

5. California Academy of Sciences Public Art Project 
Jill Manton 

Report on the status of artist Maya Lin's project. 

Motion: Motion to approve the extension of the completion date for the LED 
video artwork entitled Missing to mid-February 2009 to be unveiled on Earth 
Day, April 22 nd, 2009 

6. Randall Museum 
Regina Almaguer 

Report on the Randall Museum selection panel's recommendations of the 
following four artists/artist teams as finalists for the Randall Museum project: 
Ene Osteraas-Constable and Scott Constable (Wowhaus); Po Shu Wang and 
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Motion: Motion to accept the Randall Museum selection panel's 
recommendation to select the following four artists/ artist teams as finalists for 
the Randall Museum project: Ene and Scott Constable (Wowhaus); Po Shu Wang 
and Louise Bertelsen; Charles Sowers and Walter Kitundu and to authorize the 
Director of Cultural Affairs to pay each of the artists an honorarium of $750.00 
for the development of site specific proposals for the project. 

7. Laguna Honda Hospital 
Susan Pontious 

. Report on Diana Pumpelly Bates' conceptual design for the Laguna Honda 
Hospital entry gates. 

Motion: Motion to approve Diana Pumpelly Bates' conceptual design for the 
Laguna Honda Hospital entry gates. 

Report on Takenobu Igarashi's prototype of the color terracotta relief's for the 
Laguna Honda Hospital residence buildings. 

Motion: Motion to approve of Takenobu Igarashi's prototype of the color 
terracotta relief's for the Laguna Honda Hospital residence buildings. 

Report on Artists Owen Smith's revised wall mosaic for Laguna Honda Hospital. 

Motion: Motion to approve the design for the steel workers mosaic for the 'H' 
Wall of Laguna Honda Hospital. 

Motion: Motion to approve Owen Smith's change of material from glass mosaic 
to ceramic mosaic for the 'H' wall mosaic at Laguna Honda. 

8. Collections Report 

Marcus Davies and Carol Marie Daniels 

Report on the final deaccessioning and conservator report of two textiles from 
the Civic Art Collection due to severe insect infestation resulting in irreparable 
damage to the art work and the intentions of the artists. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final deaccessioning of two textiles from the 
Civic Art Collection due to severe insect infestation resulting in irreparable 
damage to the art work and the intentions of the artists. 

Report on vandalism of the Embarcadero Ribbon' 

Updates on General Hospital inventory and Dewey Crumpler mural conservation 

9. Upper Noe Recreation Center 

Tonia Macneil 

Report on request from community for approval of design of an artist-created 

donor wall for Upper Noe Recreation Center. 

Motion:Motion to approve the proposal of Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation 
Center for community-created tile designs to be installed at the recreation 
center's children's playground. 

10. Larson Sava Pool 
Judy Moran 

Report on the final design, fabrication, consultation and installation of an 
artwork for the Larsen Park Sava Pool facility by artist Catherine Wagner 

Motion: Motion to amend Resolution #0711-05-157 to increase the original total 
contract amount of $71,000 for artist Catherine Wagner for final design, 
fabrication, transportation and consultation during installation of an artwork 
for the Larsen Park Sava Pool facility to a not-to-exceed total amount of 
$80,000. 

1 1 . Moscone Recreation Center 
Jill Manton 

Report on the new location of Brian Goggin's Guide Postto be installed in the 
lawn area to the immediate north of Larson Sava Pool. 



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Motion: Motion to approve the tocation of Brian Goggin's Guide Post to be 
installed in the lawn area to the immediate north of Larson Sava Pool. 

12. Central Subway 

Judy Moran and Jill Manton 

Discussion of current status of Central Subway Public Art Program 

13. Pine Lake Park 
Jill Manton 

Discussion regarding vandalism and possible relocation of Rabbinoid sculpture 
in Pine Lake Park. 

14. Louise Bourgeois Crouching Spider 
Jill Manton 

Report on Louise Bourgeois sculpture exhibition. 

15. New Business 

16. Old Business 

17. Adjournment 



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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 2.5 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Ellen Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

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consideration of the item. 

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MEMORANDUM 

TO: The Honorable Members of the Visual Arts Committee 

FROM: Carol Marie Daniels 

RE: Staff Report - Vandalism to Embarcadero Ribbon 

DATE: November 7, 2007 



Project Background 

The Promenade Ribbon Sculpture is a two mile linear sculpture, consisting of a five-foot wide 
section of concrete, bisected at its center by a continuous band of solid glass block and 
illuminated at night by a fiber optic lighting system. It is flat in areas to allow vehicle access to 
waterfront piers and commercial areas. In other locations the Ribbon rises to alternately 
function as seating and tables for al fresco dining. 

The Ribbon was implemented over a number of years in the 1990's and the project cost was 
approximately $2 million. 

Incident of Vandalism 

October 2007 - The Port notified Jill Manton that a SFPD Incident Report was filed on October 
8, 2007, stating that the police arrested two men and a woman for tearing out more than 

50 of the metal skateblocks and hiding them in a stolen golf cart. 

The defendant's were charged with felony vandalism and pled guilty to the charges. The 
defendants were caught with 50 skateblocks in their possession. The defense attorneys are 
seeking to have the charges reduced to a misdemeanor if full restitution is made. 

The Restitution Hearing is scheduled for November 14 and I have been subpoenaed to 
provide evidence as to the extent of the damage and the cost of repairs. The defendants only had 
50 skateblocks in their possession, but 288 are missing. The Assistant District Attorney doubts 
that the judge will allow them to be charged for more than 50. 



The bronze cleats are custom made at a cost of $32.00 per unit. 

The Department of Public Works - Bureau of Urban Forestry - Cement Shop estimates 
$36,500 to repair, patch, or reform the concrete, re-drill and reset all 288 cleats. DPW has 
approximately 40 cleats in inventory. The cost of purchasing 248 new skateblocks is $7,936. 
The combined estimate for hardware and labor is $44,436.00. 

I am awaiting a revised estimate from DPW to restore 50 cleats. 

Repair and Replacement 

The first priority is to restore the bollards at Pier 14 prior to the installation of Louise Bourgeois' 
Spider. DPW is coordinating the repair schedule to meet this goal. 



MEMORANDUM 

To: The Honorable Members of the Visual Arts Committee 

From: Carol Marie Daniels 

RE: Staff Report: General Hospital Update 

Date: November 7, 2007 



Physical Inventory of General Hospital - September 2007 

Arts Commission staff, Marcus Davies and Vicky Knoop accompanied me on a floor by 

floor search of the public spaces at SFGH. Each of us had a copy of an inventory data sheet which 

listed the 496 images we set out to locate. Less than 10% of the missing objects were located. The 49 

artworks that were located were all in need of cleaning. The two-dimensional work was installed with 

secure mounts and did not seem at risk for theft, though the majority of them needed cleaning. The 

sculptures were in need of cleaning and restoration. We were not able to photo-document artwork in 

the Emergency Room because of patient privacy concerns. I will return in November after arranging 

for security personnel to accompany me while photographing artwork in the Emergency Room. 

Preparation for online search by General Hospital staff- December 

To account for art objects no longer in public view, the cooperation and participation of General 

Hospital staff in the art search is needed. Arts Commission staff are investigating 

the feasibility of uploading the images to the Commission website and directing hospital 

employees to the site. This phase is under development. 



MEMORANDUM 



To: The Honorable Members of the Visual Arts Committee 

From: Carol Marie Daniels, Project Manager, Public Art 

252-2588 

Re: Staff Report: Crumpler Mural Update 

Date: November 7, 2007 



The Joseph P. Lee Recreation Center reopened on October 20, 2007 after undergoing major 
renovations. The improvements necessitated the demolition of the auditorium in 2006, along with the 
exterior mural, The Fire Next Time I, (1977) which unfortunately could not be salvaged. 

The Arts Commission has documented and honored Dewey Crumpler's lost artwork The Fire Next 
Time I, by installing a 4' x 4' porcelain enamel, color reproduction of the mural, which prominently 
hangs in the interior of the newly constructed recreation building. 

On an adjacent building within the same recreation center complex is The Fire Next Time II, (1984) a 
two-part mural located on Mendell and Newcomb Streets. This mural was also painted by Dewey 
Crumpler when he was a young adult living in the Bayview neighborhood. He designed the work to 
convey the importance of education, religion and culture within the African American community. 

The mural is in poor visual condition. 

Although the Commission had hoped that the conservation work could be performed this summer, 
scheduling conflicts between the recreation center construction and the Architectural Conservation Inc. 
(ACI) crew schedule, followed by the onset of winter rains, have forced us to reschedule this work for 
summer, 2008. We are awaiting the final report from ACI, outlining the work the firm performed while 
under contract; of particular interest, are any treatments ACI conducted on the Newcomb Street 
elevation. The Commission reimbursed ACI for purchased supplies (paints, brushes, wax, and 
varnishes) in the amount of $832.22 and we have requested the return of those materials. ACI assured 
me the final report and supplies are forthcoming. 

Architectural Resources Group - Conservation Services (ARG-CS) is developing an estimate and 
schedule to complete the mural restoration in summer 2008. They will submit their treatment proposal 
in December. 



STAFF REPORT 



DATE: November 21, 2007 



TO: 



Honorable Members of the Visual Arts Committee 



FROM: Tonia Macneil 



Project: Upper Noe Recreation Center 

Location: Day Street and Sanchez 

Project: Community-sponsored donor wall for children's playground area. 

Attached please find a proposal by Friends of Upper Noe Recreation Center for a donor wall composed 
of etched tiles created by neighborhood children and families. Donors will use paper templates to 
create designs which will then be translated into fired and glazed tiles. The same process was used at 
the San Francisco Zoo. The community group will raise money to fund interior furnishings and 
equipment for the Recreation Center. DPW has agreed to install a recess in the wall to accommodate 
the tile. 

A complete proposal, including color swatches and example of previous projects, will be available for 
review at the meeting. 



Requested Action: 

Motion to approve the proposal of Friends of the Noe Valley Recreation Center for community- created 
tile designs to be installed at the recreation center's children's playground. 




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Friends of the Noe Valley Rec Center is seeking approval to develop and 
install donor appreciation tiles on the 30" high wall of the children's 
playground at this site. 

The wall flanks the two entries into the playground from the rec center's 
site, and we would propose to install the tiles onto the outside of the 
wall. Additionally, we would propose the tiles to be placed on both 
straight sections of the wall as well as the front curve. 

The contractor will create a recess of 12" high with a 3" top lip in the 
three sections of concrete wall. This would allow for, in most cases, three 
3 Va" x 3 ?4" high, although we will also be incorporating 3 24" x 7 ?4" and 
7 U" x 7 %" into the straight sections of the wall. 

We would use a company who has years of experience in this arena, Fund 
Raisers Ltd. They provide a ceramic tile program of W thick with the 
variety of sizes we mentioned above. Their website is fundraisersltd.net . 
This is the same vendor who did AT&T park's tiles, and the tiles for the SF 
Zoo. 

The tiles are laser-engraved and then contrasting ink filler is put over the 
engraving. We propose using 4 different hues of green in a random 
mosaic pattern (this wall will be painted the same color as the rec center 
building, a soft buttery beige). 

The images we would propose to incorporate would be based on 
templates. In some cases the tile might just be text. But at certain levels 
donors can choose from 1 of 3 categories: hand print, dog paw or a leaf 
(we would provide several leaf options based on those that Troy is 
incorporating into the gates). 

Please contact Alexandra Torre at 415-609-8365 with any questions. 

Thank you for your time, 

Alexandra 



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November 7, 2007 Special Meeting 



VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 

3:00 p.m. 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



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Minutes 

Commissioners Present: 

Jeannene Przyblyski, Pop Zhao, Leonard Hunter, Lawrence Rinder 
Absent: Dede Wilsey 



DOCUMENTS DEPT, 
JAN - 9 2008 



Staff Present: 

Carol Marie Daniels, Marcus Davies, Nancy Gonchar, Judy Moran, Susan Pontious, Ellen 
Shershow, Meg Shiffler 



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Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 
The meeting commenced at 3:02 p.m. 

1 . Consent Calendar 

There were no consent calendar items. 

2. Gallery Report 

Gallery Director Meg Shiffler and Interim Director of Cultural Affairs Nancy 
Gonchar reported on continued programming at the Grove Street window site. 

Ms. Shiffler stated that during the last six months the large front window at the 
Grove Street building has been shattered twice. The total cost to replace it is 
$6,000, or larger than the entire exhibition budget at Grove Street. Ms. Shiffler 
stated that Ms. Gonchar is looking into finding ways to pay for this maintenance 
without using Arts Commission funds. At present, funding for maintenance 
comes from the Arts Commission. Ms. Gonchar stated that we need to decide 
whether or not to continue programming in this venue, given the cost of repair. 
In addition, since the building has been condemned, the City will not provide 
insurance for it. Ms. Shiffler stated that she is not comfortable placing art in a 
building that is frequently vandalized, though this is a valuable space to show 
art. Commissioner Przyblyski inquired whether we can assume this vandalism 
will continue, and Commissioner Hunter suggested adding a metal grating to 
protect both the window and the art. The Commissioners agreed that a rushed 
decision on this question would not be wise, but that they would take it under 
advisement and continue the discussion at a later date. 

3. 525 Golden Gate Avenue-New PUC Office Building 

Public Art Project Manager Susan Pontious introduced artist Ned Kahn to 
present his proposal for the integrated artwork for the north facade of the new 
Public Utilities Commission office building at 525 Golden Gate Avenue. 

Mr. Kahn stated that his proposal was originally developed almost eight years 
ago. At that time, he had designed what now look like very simple wind 
turbines for the exterior of the building. Mr. Kahn stated that technology has 
grown at such an astounding rate that he is now able to combine sculpture and 
wind power in a far more advanced and interesting way. Essentially, he 
proposes to make multiple electromechanical motors that will be powered by 
wind currents. This will accomplish two tasks: Technically, it will generate 
power for the building, and conceptually, it will encourage people to use the 
stairs instead of the elevator. The interior of the building will utilize a crystal 
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is walking on water. All of the Commissioners were thrilled with this proposal. 

Motion: Motion to approve the design proposal for an integrated wind-activated 
artwork submitted by Ned Kahn for the north facade of the new Public Utilities 
Commission office building at 525 Golden Gate Avenue. 
Moved: Hunter/ Rinder 

Ms. Pontious next reported on commissioning artist Isabella Kirkland for a two- 
dimensional artwork in the lobby of the Public Utilities Commission office 
building at 525 Golden Gate Avenue. The Commissioners unanimously agreed 
that Ms. Kirkland is a talented artist whose work would be very appropriate for 
the lobby of 525 Golden Gate Avenue. 

Motion: Motion to approve an honorarium payment in the amount of $2,500 to 
Isabelle Kirkland for the development of a proposal for a two-dimensional 
artwork to be placed in the lobby of the new Public Utilities Commission office 
building at 525 Golden Gate Avenue. 
Moved: Rinder/ Zhao 

Patricia's Green 

This item has been moved to a future Visual Arts Committee meeting. 

California Academy of Sciences Public Art Project 

Susan Pontious reported on the status of artist Maya Lin's project. Arts 
Commission staff is requesting an extension of the completion date for the LED 
video artwork entitled Missing to mid-February 2009, to be unveiled on Earth 
Day, April 22, 2009. The Academy of Sciences is in support of this extension, as 
it will allow them to produce a second large event following the Academy's 
opening event. Ms. Lin has requested this extension as well, particularly given 
the challenge of developing an art project in a new medium. The extension will 
also provide time to explore additional donor opportunities. The Commissioners 
unanimously supported this extension. 



Motion: Motion to approve the extension of the completion date for the LED 
video artwork entitled Missing to mid-February 2009 to be unveiled on Earth 
Day, April 22, 2009 

6. Randall Museum 

Public Art Project Manager Regina Almaguer reported on the Randall Museum 
selection panel's recommendations of the following four artists/artist teams as 
finalists for the Randall Museum project: Ene Osteraas-Constable and Scott 
Constable (Wowhaus); Po Shu Wang and Louise Bertelsen; Charles Sowers and 
Walter Kitundu. 

Ms. Almaguer stated that the Randall Museum staff is thrilled with the selection 
of the finalists. The finalists have already spent time exploring the grounds of 
the museum at an on-site orientation, and will prepare proposals with a budget 
of $100,000. 

Motion: Motion to accept the Randall Museum selection panel's 
recommendation to select the following four artists/artist teams as finalists for 
the Randall Museum project: Ene and Scott Constable (Wowhaus); Po Shu Wang 
and Louise Bertelsen; Charles Sowers and Walter Kitundu and to authorize the 
Interim Director of Cultural Affairs to pay each of the artists an honorarium of 
$750 for the development of site-specific proposals for the project. 

7. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Public Art Project Manager Susan Pontious reported on Diana Pumpelly Bates' 
conceptual design for the Laguna Honda Hospital entry gates and Takenobu 
Igarashi's prototype of the color terracotta reliefs for the Laguna Honda 
Hospital residence buildings. The Commissioners responded very favorably to 
both these projects, particularly Mr. Igarashi's terra cotta depictions of cities. 

Motion: Motion to approve Diana Pumpelly Bates' conceptual design for the 
Laguna Honda Hospital entry gates. 

Motion: Motion to approve Takenobu Igarashi's prototype of the color 
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Ms. Pontious reported on artist Owen Smith's revised wall mosaic for Laguna 
Honda Hospital. Ms. Pontious reminded the Commissioners that Mr. Smith had 
originally planned to utilize glass mosaic and sculptural relief on the walls of 
the hospital. However, because one of walls he is working on, wall 'H,' can be 
viewed from a distance, it made more sense to use only the more colorful 
ceramic mosaic in this particular location. Ms. Pontious showed the Committee 
several of Mr. Smith's completed images, again reminding them that they 
reference the WPA murals in the lobby of the hospital. 

Motion: Motion to approve the design for the steelworkers mosaic for the 'H' 
Walt of Laguna Honda Hospital. 

Motion: Motion to approve Owen Smith's change of material from glass mosaic 
to ceramic mosaic for the 'H' wall mosaic at Laguna Honda. 

Collections Report 

Project Manager Carol Marie Daniels and Interim Registrar Marcus Davies 
reported on several Collections items, including the conservator's report 
regarding the final deaccessioning of two textiles from the Civic Art Collection 
due to severe insect infestation resulting in irreparable damage to the artwork. 

Mr. Davies distributed a report from conservator Joyce Hulbert. In this report, 
Ms. Hulbert explained that both pieces are actively sustaining significant 
damage from both adult and larvae moth consumption. Further, Ms. Hulbert 
stated that, while sections of each piece retain structural integrity, due to the 
near total infestation, the overall value and appreciation of each object of art 
has been damaged to an irreversible extent. 

Mr. Davies stated that, based on this experience, the Collections team will 
endeavor to schedule regular inspections of all textile pieces in the Collection. 
In addition, Mr. Davies will work with City Attorney Adine Varah to assure that 
the pieces are deaccessioned correctly. 

Motion: Motion to approve the final deaccessioning of two textiles from the 
Civic Art Collection due to severe insect infestation resulting in irreparable 
damage to the artworks and the intentions of the artists. 

Project Manager Carol Marie Daniels reported on the vandalism of the 
Embarcadero Ribbon. The Promenade Ribbon is a two-mile linear sculpture 
consisting of a five-foot-wide section of concrete, bisected at its center by a 
continuous band of solid glass block. It is flat in areas to allow vehicle access to 
waterfront piers and commercial areas. In other locations, the Ribbon rises to 
alternately function as seating and tables for al fresco dining. The Ribbon was 
implemented over a number of years in the 1990's and the project cost was 
approximately $2 million. 

On October 8, 2007, three individuals were arrested for using a sledgehammer 
to tear out a large number of bronze skateblocks embedded in the concrete. 
Although 288 of these skateblocks are currently missing, only 50 were found in 
the defendants' possession, hidden in a stolen golf cart. Several glass blocks 
were also removed from the concrete, causing further damage to the 
sculpture. The defendants were charged with felony vandalism and pled guilty 
to the charges. The defense attorneys are seeking to reduce the charges to a 
misdemeanor if full restitution is made. The restitution hearing is scheduled for 
November 14, 2007. Ms Daniels has been subpoenaed to provide evidence as to 
the extent of the damage and the cost of repairs. 

Ms. Daniels stated that the bronze skateblocks are custom-made at a cost of 
$32 per unit. The Department of Public Works ("DPW") estimates a cost of 
$36,500 to repair, patch, or reform the concrete, and re-drill and reset all 288 
skateblocks. DPW has approximately 40 skateblocks in inventory. The cost of 
purchasing 248 new skateblocks is $7,936, for a combined total estimate of 
$44,436. 

The Commissioners requested that Arts Commission staff keep them updated. 

Ms. Daniels next reported on the physical inventory of artworks in the San 
Francisco General Hospital Collection ("SFGH") as of September, 2007. 

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accompanied her on a floor-by-floor search of all public spaces at SFGH. They 
each had a copy of an inventory data sheet which listed the 496 art objects 
thought to be at SFGH. Of these, only 49 artworks were located, or less than 
10% of the missing objects. These 49 artworks are all in need of cleaning, and 
several will need additional restoration. Photo-documenting artwork in the 
Emergency Room was prohibited by hospital staff because of patient privacy 
concerns. 

Ms. Daniels stated that the cooperation and participation of General Hospital 
staff is crucial for the completion of this search. Arts Commission staff are 
investigating the feasibility of uploading the images to the Commission website 
and directing hospital employees to visit the site and assist in the identification 
of the missing artworks. 

Ms. Daniels went on to report on the conservation of the Dewey Crumpler 
mural The Fire Next Time I (1977). The Arts Commission has honored this lost 
mural by installing a 4' x 4' porcelain enamel color reproduction of the mural, 
which prominently hangs in the interior of the newly constructed recreation 
building. 

On the exterior of an adjacent building within the same recreation center 
complex is The Fire Next Time II (1984), a two-part mural located on Mendell 
and Newcomb Streets. This mural was also painted by Dewey Crumpler when he 
was a young adult living in the Bayview neighborhood. He designed the work to 
convey the importance of education, religion and culture within the African 
American community. Conservation work on this mural was delayed due to 
scheduling conflicts between construction of the new recreation center and 
Architectural Conservation's ("AG") crew schedule. ACI is no longer involved in 
the project and their final report is expected in December, 2007. 
Architectural Resources Group-Conservation Services ("ARG-CS") is developing 
a treatment proposal for the completion of the mural stabilization and 
restoration during summer 2008. They will submit their plan in December, 
2007. 

9. Upper Noe Recreation Center 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil reported on a request from the community for 
approval of design of a donor wall for Upper Noe Recreation Center. The wall 
will be composed of etched tiles created by neighborhood children and 
families. Donors will use paper templates to create designs which will then be 
translated into fired and glazed tiles. The community group will use the tile 
project to raise money to fund interior furnishings and equipment for the 
Recreation Center. There was some discussion on whether or not this project 
needed to come to the Visual Arts Committee. In the end, the Commissioners 
unanimously agreed that because this is a donor wall, and not an artist- 
designed wall, it did not need to come before the Committee. 

10. Larsen Park Sava Pool 

Project Manager Judy Moran reported on the final design, fabrication, 
consultation and installation of an artwork for the Larsen Park Sava Pool 
facility by artist Catherine Wagner. 

Ms. Moran stated that this project was originally scheduled, and the artists' 
proposal conceived and approved, approximately two years ago, but was 
delayed due to lack of funding from the Recreation and Parks Department. 
Funding has now been obtained, but the cost of the artist's materials has risen 
during the lag. The Recreation and Parks Department is amenable to providing 
increased funding to account for this. Ms. Moran requested that the Committee 
approve the cost increase so that the project can go forward. 

Motion: Motion to amend Resolution No. 0711-05-157 to increase the original 
total contract amount of $71 ,000 for artist Catherine Wagner for final design, 
fabrication, transportation and consultation during installation of an artwork 
for the Larsen Park Sava Pool facility to an amount not to exceed $80,000. 

1 1 . Moscone Recreation Center 

Ms. Pontious reported on the new location of artist Brian Goggin's Guide Post. 
Ms. Pontious reminded the Committee that this was first reported at the August 
15, 2007, Visual Arts Committee meeting. All parties have mutually agreed that 
this sculpture should not be installed at the Moscone Recreation Center. 
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Sava Pool. The Commissioners agreed that this was a very positive conclusion 
to a potentially challenging situation. 

Motion: Motion to approve the location of Brian Goggin's Guide Post to be 
installed in the lawn area to the immediate north of Larsen Park Sava Pool. 

12. Central Subway 

Project Manager Judy Moran reported on thecurrent status of the Central 
Subway Public Art Program. The Municipal Transportation Agency ("MTA") has 
released the environmental impact report, and is awaiting the selection of the 
final proposed alternate station designs in the summer of 2008. Ms. Moran 
stated that currently two community informational meetings are being 
scheduled, one in Chinatown and one South of Market. An RFQfor Bay Area 
artists will be released in January, 2008 to supplement the Central Subway 
Artist Pool established two years ago. Staff is also recruiting additional artists 
nationally. A workshop specifically for artists interested in applying for Central 
Subway will be scheduled in mid-to-late February. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that as a new art enrichment project, the 
Central Subway will provide an opportunity for this group of Visual Arts 
Committee Commissioners to provide the guidelines for this major capital 
improvement project at the very beginning and leave a legacy for the City. 
Commissioner Przyblyski requested that Arts Commission staff spend about 
thirty minutes at the next Committee meeting showing slides of what staff 
thinks are the strongest art in transit projects currently in existence, followed 
by a discussion. Ms. Moran offered to also show the current Central Subway 
Artist Pool, and Commissioners said they also wanted an update on the 
architecture of the stations by Kwan Henmi staff. Ms. Moran and the 
Commissioners agreed to extend the future presentation for this Committee to 
an hour. 

13. Pine Lake Park 

Ms. Pontious reported on thevandalism and possible relocation of the Rabbinoid 
sculpture in Pine Lake Park. She stated that the vandalism has continued, and 
that it has become clear that the Rabbinoid is not the only target; the trees 
have been tagged, and the bathrooms vandalized. Arts Commission staff has 
actively contacted members of the community as well as the police, and the 
final assessment is that the only solution as far as the Rabbinoid is concerned is 
to have it moved to an alternate location. This might involve moving it closer 
to the Stern Grove Trocadero Clubhouse, perhaps in a nearby wooded area, or 
out of Stern Grove completely. Commissioner Hunter stated that it might work 
at the entrance to Stern Grove on 19 th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. The 
Commissioners unanimously agreed that the Rabbinoid should be moved to an 
alternate location. 

14. Louise Bourgeois Crouching Spider 

The Arts Commission staff is thrilled to report that the Louise Bourgeois 
sculpture Crouching Spider will be installed on November 8, 2007. The 
dedication event will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2007. It will begin 
at 10:00 am at the Market Bar and will involve Gallery Paule Anglim. 

15. New Business 

Ms. Pontious reported that she and Public Art Program Director Jill Manton met 
with the General Hospital Project Manager Ron Alameda in regards to a new 
building at San Francisco General Hospital. This will be on the ballot in 
November, 2008, and, if passed by voters, will provide approximately $4.5 
million in new art enrichment funds. 

16. Old Business 

Public Art Project Manager Regina Almaguer reported that an engineering class 
at San Francisco State University has taken on artist John Melvin's proposed 
project at Lake Merced, this is the first in a series of temporary public art 
pieces in natural settings. In addition, Public Art Program staff is in discussion 
with artist Patrick Dougherty in regards to the Baker Street pump station., in 
what will likely by the second temporary project in a natural setting. 

17. Adjournment 

As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:58 p.m. 



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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Ellen Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person (s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt: to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness, Suite 220, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 252-3100, fax (415) 252-3112 and website. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report, a violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro by mail to Interim 
Administrator, Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 
244, San Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; 
or by email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

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December 6, Special Meeting 



VISUAL ARTS COMMITTEE 
Thursday, December 6, 2007 

3:00 p.m. 
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 



Agenda 



DOCUMENTS DEPT. 

DEC 3 1 2007 

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PUBLIC LIBRARY 



1 . Consent 



2. Collections 

Introduction of Allison Cummings, new Senior Registrar at the Arts Commission 

3. Gallery Report 

Meg Shiffler 

Report on the January Exhibition 

Motion: Motion to approve the Interim Director of Cultural affairs to provide an 
artist honorarium of $700 to Tucker Nichols, for the completion of artwork to 
be installed at SFAC Gallery at 401 Van Ness and the window installation site at 
155 Grove St. for the January SFAC Gallery exhibition. 

Motion: Motion to approve the Interim Director of Cultural affairs to provide an 
artist honorarium $500 to Zefrey Throwell for his participation as a co-curator 
of and for the completion of artwork to be installed in the January SFAC 
Gallery exhibition. 

4. Laguna Honda Hospital 
Susan Pontious 

Approval of conceptual design by Diana Pumpelly Bates for the entry gates of 
Laguna Honda Hospital 

Motion: Motion to approve the Interim Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into 
an agreement with Dianna Pumpelly Bates for $100,000 to design and fabricate 
sixteen waterjet cut stainless steel panels for the entry gate to Laguna Honda 
Hospital 

5. McLaren Park 
Re$ina Mmaguer 

Report on the artist team of Peter Richards and Susan Schwartzenberg to 
design, fabricate and install a public art project at McLaren Park 

Motion: Motion to approve the Interim Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into 
an agreement with the artist team of Peter Richards and Susan Schwartzenberg 
for an amount not to exceed $142,000 to design, fabricate and install a public 
art project at McLaren Park 

6. Moscone Recreation Center 
Jill Manton 

Staff Report 

Report on one of the Moscone Center finalists, artist Kent Roberts, to develop a 
new proposal for the Moscone Recreation Center. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Interim Director of Cultural Affairs to invite 



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one of the Moscone Recreation Center finalists, artist Kent Roberts, to develop 
a new proposal for the Moscone Recreation Center and to award him an 
honorarium in the amount of $1,000 for the submission of a proposal board. 

7. Sunnyside Playground 
Tonia Macneil 

Presentation of images completed and installed artwork at Sunnyside 
Playground 

Motion: Motion to approve the completion and installation of Solar Sight, six 
painted steel fence panels for Sunnyside Playground. 

Motion: Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection Solar Sight, six painted 
stainless steel fence panels by artist Deborah Kennedy permanently installed 
above the children's playground and at the courtyard ramp at Sunnyside 
Playground. 

8. Temporary Projects in Natural Settings 
Regina Almaguer 

Informational presentation on the proposal by artist by John Melvin for a 
temporary public art project at Lake Merced. 

9. Academy of Sciences 
Jill Manton 

Report on the progress of artist Maya Lin's public art project. 

10. Embarcadero Ribbon 
Jill Manton 

Report on the progress of the lighting test 

1 1 . Moscone Center 
Jill Manton 

Diller & Scofidio-Report on the status of re-design of the bogie assembly. 

12. Harvey Milk Memorial Bust 
Jill Manton 

Report on the status of the approval process for the location of the Harvey Milk 
bust in City Hall. 

13. Ocean Avenue K-Line 
Tonia Macneil 

Project Update 

14. New Business 

15. Old Business 

Harvey Milk Recreation Center-Presentation of construction documents 

Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center- Presentation of artist-designed 
posters to be distributed to the center supporters and users as well as the 500- 
plus participants in the Trophy Wall designed by Jon Rubin and Jim Goldberg. 

Rochambeau Playground- Presentation of images of re-installed artwork. 

16. Adjournment 



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Notices 

Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts 
Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102 during 
regular business hours. INFO: Ellen Shershow (415) 252-2594. 

Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during 
consideration of the item. 

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic 
devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order 
the removal from the meeting of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a 
cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices. 

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or 
administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San 
Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 - 2.160) to 
register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist 
Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness, Suite 220, San 
Francisco, CA 94102 - telephone (415) 252-3100, fax (415) 252-3112 and website. 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE 

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the 
public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist 
to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are 
conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's 
review. For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to 
report a violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro by mail to interim 
Administrator, Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 
244, San Francisco CA 94102-4689; by phone at 415 554 7724; by fax at 415 554 7854; 
or by email at sotf@sfgov.org. 

Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a 
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Status Report on the Lake Merced Art in Natural Settings project 



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Earlier this year the Visual Arts Committee reviewed a concept proposal by artist 
John Melvin for a temporary installation at Lake Merced. Mr. Melvin's proposal 
included the installation of 3,400 helium-filled balloons suspended over a fabric 
matrix rising approximately nine feet above the Lake's surface. The artwork was to 
be on view for a period of approximately 3 days. 

Over the past few months Mr. Melvin has done extensive research on the 
materials, budget and installation processes required for this project. He has met 
with numerous organizations and individuals to ensure that the project can be 
successfully installed without impact on, or danger to, the Lake's environment and 
natural habitats. Contacts include the Audubon Society, the Natural Programs 
Area of the Recreation and Parks Department, the Lake Merced Task Force and 
the Engineering Department at San Francisco State University. All have given Mr. 
Melvin advice and information that will help make the project a success. 

A copy of Mr. Melvin's proposal is included herein for your review. Please note the 
following significant changes: 



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The balloons are now air-filled rather than helium. 

The fabric matrix has been eliminated. The balloons will be attached to 

nylon cord attached to trees on either side of the lake. 

The balloons will be attached to the cords and cinched together to prevent 

escape. 

All balloons will be accounted for and any balloons that may fall into the 

water will be retrieved. The artist does not think it likely that any of the 

balloons will escape, given the attachment systems. 

The installation will take place over a 3 to 4 day period. The artist is 

researching ways to incorporate sound elements into the project and will 

produce a video of the installation from installation to de-installation. 

The project budget is approximately $25,000. 



Action Requested 

The Visual Arts Committee is asked to endorse the modifications to the Lake 
Merced temporary installation and to authorize Mr. Melvin to continue with design 
development of the Lake Merced project. 

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installation with exaggerated attachment 
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Northwestern corner of North Lake, Lake Merced: 
Installation detail, for overview & matrix detail, refer to drawing 
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John K. Melvin 

SF Arts Commission - Temporary Projects in Natural Settings 

Project Proposal for Lake Merced Installation 

Rev. 11.30.07 



Proposed Site: 

Northwest Corner of North Lake - Lake Merced 

Lake Merced is a natural lake in the San Francisco area; a rarity matched only by its relatively unknown status 
in the minds of SF natives. In its environs exist a broad range of ecosystems both micro and macro. The 
varied climatology, ecology, and geography of Lake Merced are key actors in my conceptual exploration. 
Furthermore, the subject of ecology, its definition and role in our contemporary culture is figured highly 
within the framework of Lake Merced. 

Lake Merced's sensitive ecology has been a subject for the better part of a hundred years in respect to San 
Francisco's history. The lake's ecology has gone from neglected to protected and back again, with at times 
catastrophic consequences. Not only is this project a public art project, it is also a temporary project in 
natural settings; thus, it is hoped that this project, throughout its development, has remained sensitive to the 
lake's ecology. 

As the project is an air-based proposal, much of that focus has been on any sort of expected impact on the 
avian population. It is for this reason that the project will be installed outside of the migrating or mating 
season for the North Lake's principal inhabitants. The Golden Gate Audubon Society has graciously provided 
the artist with ample information that has equally framed much of the content, both the conceptual and 
logistical aspects of this project; furthermore, throughout this proposal, the project description and logistics 
have been contextualized with the Lake's ecological interests in mind. Joined on this page is a link to a 
recent article by Dan Murphy of the Golden Gate Audubon Society that provides a detailed narrative of the 
progress at Lake Merced. 

Interesting enough, the water levels in the Lake are beginning to come back after years of decline, and it is 
being observed that bird populations are themselves improving and diversifying. In the conceptual 
discussions later in the proposal concerning re-contextualizing the lake, this aspect of regeneration is a 
cooperative element in relation to the project's philosophy. The habitat, much through the direction of 
GGAS and NAP, has begun to improve and shows signs of continuing that instill a great degree of 
responsibility in future human impact and use of the lake's environs. Given that the lake is exhibiting 
nature's ability to adapt, it is hoped that the conceptual aspirations of this project are now more than ever, 
appropriate. The flora and fauna of Lake Merced are more important than the success of this project; in fact, 
as is stated later in this proposal, the project is very much about highlighting the ecological identity of Lake 
Merced, so that native San Franciscans can better understand the jewel that is in their backyard. 

Project Summary: 

An Installation consisting of approximately 3400 air inflated spherical balloons each 36" in diameter. The 
spherical balloons will be translucent, semi-reflective, and slightly iridescent. The exact number of balloons 
will be verified once engineering is finalized. The current design is a sculptural shape of densely packed 
balloons that will be approximately 46 meters in length, 27 meters at its widest, and 7 meters at its highest. 
It will be 4 meters from the lowest balloon to the lake surface, resulting in an overall sculptural height 
including this clearance, of 1 1 meters. The balloons will be packed in such a way that they will function 
collectively as a unified structure. 

The sculpture will be situated approximately as follows: the southern tip of the sculpture will be 135.2 
meters to the west shore, and from the northern tip it will be 104.1 meters to the west shore. To the east 
from the southern tip it will be 106.7 meters from the east bank, and at the northern tip, it will be 80.1 meters 
to the west bank. The northern tip of the sculpture will be 132 meters from the crest of the most northern 
part of North Lake. 



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SF Arts Commission - Temporary Projects in Natural Settings 

Project Proposal for Lake Merced Installation 

Rev. 11.30.07 

The total form will be securely suspended above the lake's surface. The form will be viewable from the 
pathways and roadways but is not expected to impact vehicular or human traffic in any significant manner. 
The total sculptural form will be small in comparison to the overall lake complex and will only occupy the 
most northwestern corner of the northern inlets. Here, the recreational traffic is less than south lake, and 
there is more visual diversity in the surrounding environs. After counsel with NAP and Golden Gate 
Audubon, it has been tentatively agreed that the northwest corner of North Lake is a more viable option in 
terms of lessening the ecological impact specifically the avian population. 

Concept: 

The form will have the metaphorical nature of implying that for the inlet, a section of the lake has been lifted 
out and into the broader urban context. The form will play with the lake's reflective nature, and an 
assortment of light and shadow effects will occur. The varied climate of San Francisco will create numerous 
effects: the wind will play with the form, and there will be times when the form will divide, dive, or rise. The 
rolling fog will play with the translucency of the spheres; the parting clouds will reveal and conceal the 
natural light effects on the spheres, lake, and shorelines. 

Conceptually, the installation will speak to themes of molecular density, climatology affects, and multiplicity. 
From a distance, the spherical shape of the balloons will metaphorically speak to themes of micro/macro 
ecologies. The collective nature of individual balloons operating as a whole will speak to notions of 
sociology and urban networking. Wind, light, and climatology revealed by the installation will speak to the 
constant state of change in our environment. Furthermore, it is hoped that in the process of installing, 
viewing, and removing, the resultant dialogue in the city and region will initiate a conversation as to the 
meaning of ecology as a term, idea, or metaphor. Questions of how contemporary culture places itself 
within the context of nature, as separate, integrated or otherwise will surface in the resulting conversations. 
As the piece will be dynamically responding to the Lake's environment, the identity of the piece will shift 
constantly and its ultimate definition will be in the hands of the public. 

Project Duration: 

Considering the sensitive ecology of Lake Merced, along with the context of a large scale balloon sculpture, 
the project will be installed in late summer or early fall 2008, possibly August or September; this time 
window should mitigate any effects on the avian population. Artistically, the project should be installed 
during the week of a full moon. As time progresses, the specific week and month for the installation will be 
specified and all respective parties will be given ample advance notice. 

The characteristics of natural latex balloons put the average lifespan of the balloons at 4 days in exterior 
exposure conditions. Latex balloons are naturally biodegradable and begin to degrade once exposed to the 
elements, thus the 4 day lifespan. It is my belief that this fact dovetails well with the context of the 
Temporary Art Projects in Natural Settings. Furthermore, there is a performance aspect of the "act of 
installation" and thus, the three days that are expected to be required to install and then three days again to 
de-install will result in a total site presence of ten days; finally, in terms of expected impact on avian or 
aquatic ecology, the installation peak of 4 days of balloon presence are expected to be relatively minimal. 

Observation & Reclamation: 

This is not a balloon release; under no circumstance whatsoever, will any balloon(s) be intentionally released 
into the atmosphere. Such an action would cause far too much ecological damage; specifically, the deflated 
balloons can be mistaken for food, and inadvertently swallowed by birds. It is for this reason that no balloon 
or balloon remnant will be allowed to escape into the Lake's Environment; this will be insured, by an 
accurate accounting of the number of balloons before and after the installation to make sure that not a 
single balloon has escaped. Furthermore, as the balloons will be air-filled (as opposed to helium) the chance 
of escape is lessened to the degree where total reclamation can be assured. All balloons will be reclaimed 



John K. Melvin 

SF Arts Commission - Temporary Projects in Natural Settings 

Project Proposal for Lake Merced Installation 

Rev. 11.30.07 

and insurance will be taken to insure against any structural, ecological or other damage the project could 
cause. As a further insurance against ecological damage, at the suggestion of the Audubon Society, a 
certified bird rescue person will accompany the project. Logistics of employment of said person will be 
finalized as the project evolves. 

At all times of the installation, the artist John K. Melvin, or certified representative(s) will be on site 
monitoring the balloons and the immediate environs 24 hours during the entire length of installation 
exhibition. In the case of the artist certified representative, that person will be made dutifully aware of the 
sensitivity of the Lake's ecology and the importance of maintaining the integrity of the Lake as well as the 
installation. 

The monitoring will be done for a variety of reasons, specifically: 

• Monitoring of the environment immediate to the sculpture; 

• Security of the sculpture itself; 

• Photographic and video documentation of the work at all times of installation; 

• The monitoring serves as a point of information for spectators; 

• Retrieval of deflated balloons so that they do not enter the lake's ecology (estimated 40 minute 
response time given the project scope, with strong confidence that response time will be in the 
range of 20 minutes). 

Let it be known, that the monitoring is an insurance strategy, it is with high confidence that given the 
temporary nature of the project a very limited if any impact on the Lake's ecology will occur. Given the 
sensitivity of the project and the Lake's environs, the artist reserves the right to begin removal ahead of 
schedule if the project's integrity or the lake's ecology is threatened. 

Sculptural Details: 

All balloons will be filled with air replacing the expensive helium component in previous proposals; briefly, 
the elimination of helium as a sculptural component greatly reduces the cost of the project where it is easily 
feasible within the context of SFAC's budget. The principle costs are the balloons, labor, and design. The 
fabric matrix that was included in previous designs is no longer included in this revised proposal, thus 
eliminating costly fabrication, transport, and raw materials. As previously mentioned, the removal of the 
helium component also greatly reduces the possibility of balloon escape thereby reducing the impact on the 
Lake's ecology. 

Previous versions of the proposal included the fabric matrix principally as a solution to capture deflated 
helium balloons that would have been independently suspended. This revised proposal does not utilize 
independently suspended balloons nor does it utilize helium; in conversations with the engineering 
department at SFSU it has been proposed that the balloons will be clustered together in tight groupings that 
are inter-attached that then overrides any need for a "safety net" or interior armature. 

The sculpture will be held in place and partially formed by approximately 100 lines attached to the trees 
along the banks of the northwest corner of North Lake. This number will be kept at a minimum and is 
subject to change pending engineering and environmental review. The lines will be white Va" nylon cord 
similar in aesthetic to that of a typical clothesline. This particular cord has a more than adequate strength to 
mass ratio and is easily sufficient for the purposes of this project. The balloons will be attached to these 
cords and then cinched together to form the desired sculptural shape. In terms of the overall size of the 
sculpture in comparison to the lake complex and surrounding environs, the lines will have a minimal impact 
on the area. The lines themselves will have adequate spacing and will also be taught thereby preventing any 
sort of avian entanglement issue in previous attachment methodologies. Furthermore, considering the 



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Project Proposal for Lake Merced Installation 

Rev. 11.30.07 

high visibility of the lines, it is hoped that it is a best fit solution to project parameters in respect to the avian 
population. 

Previous experience with this same methodology has provided ample experience in preventing any damage 
to the trees, surrounding environs, or indigenous wildlife. Furthermore, as the issue of turbidity was a 
significant ecological concern, the lines alleviate this concern as no poles in the lakebed will be utilized in 
securing the lines or sculpture. 

The terrain of the northwest corner of North Lake slopes downward towards the west from the 9.3 meters to 
the 1.6meters. The trees should be in the range of 6 to 15 meters, and once this data is verified it will be 
incorporated into the project documents. The exact height of the surrounding trees and embankments is 
crucial to finalizing the height of the sculpture. If the Natural Areas Program has a fairly recent survey that 
includes this data, it would be helpful to the project. 

Overall, the sculpture will allow for the possibility of low-level avian flight paths and human recreation to 
continue relatively un-disturbed, be it beneath balloons or attachment lines. 

Logistics of Installation: 

Clearly, the use of the surrounding trees of the North Lake inlet presents some ecological concerns; as stated 
before, the line methodology has been used with trees before without incident or damage. Through a ring 
and loop method there will be no friction on the bark of the trees, only strain. The strain will be cushioned 
by a rubber tube between the rope loop and the tree bark. These loops will be installed before the balloons 
by a day or so, depending on labor quantities available to the install team. 

The install team will be composed of two teams on opposite shores and will require some temporary parking 
along Skyline and Lake Merced Blvd respectively. The equipment will be limited to a few generators and 
compressors staged in light pickup trucks. At this point in development, it is expected that total site 
presence will be limited to approximately 10 people working for two to three days to install. For de- 
installation, a multiple party team (land based and water based) will be employed to reclaim every single 
element used in the installation. As these details are finalized along with the commission's final approval, 
the necessary permits will be obtained to facilitate the installation. 



Installation 
footprint 
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Commissioners Present: .p R . R ~po<? 

Jeannene Przyblyski , Leonard Hunter, Lawrence Rinder 

Absent: Dede Wilsey, Pop Zhao, SAN FRANCISCO 

PUBLIC LIBRARY 
Staff Present: 

Regina Almaguer, Allison Cummings, Nancy Gonchar, Tonia Macneil, Jill Manton, Susan Pontious, Ellen 
Shershow, Meg Shiffler 

Note: All votes are unanimous unless recorded otherwise. 

The meeting commenced at 3:06 p.m. 

1. Consent 

There were no consent calendar items. 

2. Collections 

Public Art Project Manager Susan Pontious announced with great pleasure that the Arts 
Commission has hired Allison Cummings as the new Senior Registrar. Ms. Cummings previously 
held the position of Assistant Registrar at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she 
managed the accession of over 3500 objects, and coordinated the installation of multimedia artist 
Matthew Barney's show Drawing Restraint. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that this is a wonderful moment for the Arts Commission and for 
the Collections Program in particular. 

3. Gallery Report 

Gallery Director Meg Shiffler reportedon the upcoming exhibition Reconciling America: Miraculous 
Encounters with the Mundane, on view January 18-March 10, 2008 at the main Gallery at 401 Van 
Ness Ave. Ms. Shiffler stated that much of this work is very intimate in nature; it is about filtering 
information and how we choose to identify ourselves. The exhibition will include the following 
eleven artists and a radio broadcast. 

Filmmaker Lynn Kirby will present a film encompassing interviews she conducted at her son's 
elementary school. Dina Danish is an Egyptian artist whose work involves coming to terms with 
her identity as a foreigner living in the U.S. Brendan Lott has created photo-realistic paintings 
from found images on myspace.com. Jennifer Durban created a project entitled / Found my Father 
on Friendster. Richard Haley will show a video in which he throws himself into a body of water, 
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exhibit photographs that they have taken— she of him, and he of the world. Paul Mullins is 
exhibiting a new series of drawings depicting his coming of age in the American South. Julia Page 
has used newspaper clippings of children with their first hunting kill; she has blown these images 
up and printed them on canvas. Ellen Lake has created a series of documentaries about people 
obsessively collecting or creating things— like store owners in the Mission who are trying to build 
the world's largest rubber band ball. Tucker Nichols will utilize the Grove Street window space to 
create a new site-specific text piece about eavesdropping. Finally, Zefrey Throwell will broadcast 
his interview-format radio show, Frank Prattle, from the Gallery. There will be about 24 hours of 
content created over the course of the exhibition that will be available on our website, both in live 
streaming format and as an archive. 

Motion: Motion to approve the Interim Director of Cultural affairs to provide an artist honorarium 

of $700 to Tucker Nichols, for the completion of artwork to be installed at SFAC Gallery at 401 Van 

Ness Ave. and the window installation site at 155 Grove St. for the January 2008 SFAC Gallery 

exhibition. 

Moved: Hunter/Rinder 

Motion: Motion to approve the Interim Director of Cultural Affairs to provide an artist honorarium 
of $500 to Zefrey Throwell for his participation as a co-curator of and for the completion of 
artwork to be installed in the January 2008 SFAC Gallery exhibition. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

4. Laguna Honda Hospital 

Public Art Project Manager Susan Pontious reported on the conceptual design by artist Diana 
Pumpelly Bates for the entry gates at Laguna Honda Hospital. Ms. Pontious reminded the 
Commissioners that she last reported on these gates at the November 7, 2007, Visual Arts 
Committee meeting. Since that time, she has met with staff at Laguna Honda Hospital to confirm 
that the gates must be the full height of the designated opening. Hospital staff confirmed this, 
stating that, in addition, the gate needs to roll or fold up in order to allow fire trucks to access the 
hospital, as the area is not large enough to accommodate a swinging gate. Ms. Bates has worked 
very efficiently to ensure that the design of the gate meets the necessary code, while maintaining 
an aesthetically pleasing design. The gate will be constructed of waterjet-cut stainless steel 
panels, and may include additional lighting. 

Motion: Motion to approve the Interim Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an agreement with 
Diana Pumpelly Bates for $100,000 to design and fabricate sixteen waterjet-cut stainless steel 
panels for the entry gate to Laguna Honda Hospital. 
Moved: Hunter/Rinder 

5. McLaren Park 

Public Art Project Manager Regina Almaguer reported on the selection of artwork for McLaren Park. 
The McLaren Park panel met on Friday, November 30, to review proposals by the three finalists, 
Mark Brest van Kempen, Gloria Bornstein and the artist team of Susan Schwa rtzen berg and Peter 
Richards. The panel unanimously selected the artist team of Susan Schwartzenberg and Peter 
Richards. 

Ms. Schwartzenberg and Mr. Richards propose to create a 'Philosophers Walk' which will traverse 
the 318-acre park. The walk will include 90 granite markers, and five benches at multiple 
locations. Each granite marker will be inscribed with text and images that reference the history of 
the park and its animal habitats. Conceptually, the proposal is based on other philosophers' walks 
in Asia, and encourages viewers to experience the park in a quiet and meditative way. 

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process was thorough and well thought out. The panel, which included two members of the group 
Friends of McLaren Park, appreciated the site-specific aspect of Ms. Schwartzenberg's and Mr. 
Richards's work. Public Art Program Director Jill Manton stated that Ms. Almaguer had done an 
exemplary job, particularly in regards to community outreach and input. 

Motion: Motion to approve the Interim Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an agreement with 
the artist team of Peter Richards and Susan Schwartzenberg for an amount not to exceed 
$142,000 to design, fabricate and install a public art project at McLaren Park. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

6. Moscone Recreation Center 

Public Art Program Director Jill Mantonstated that with the move of artist Brian Goggin's piece 
from the Moscone Recreation Center to the lawn to the north of Larsen Park Sava Pool, the 
Moscone Recreation Center is open to a new public art project. The Recreation and Parks 
Department has offered to provide additional funding to accommodate the Goggin sculpture at 
Larsen Park Sava Pool as well as another artwork for the Moscone Recreation Center. Ms. Manton 
suggested that, rather than begin a lengthy search for a new artist, the Commission could turn to 
artist Kent Roberts, who was one of the three finalists originally selected for this site. Mr. Roberts 
is amenable to meeting with the Recreation and Parks staff, as well as members of the 
community, before creating a specific proposal for the Recreation Center. 

Motion: Motion to authorize the Interim Director of Cultural Affairs to invite one of the Moscone 
Recreation Center finalists, artist Kent Roberts, to develop a new proposal for the Moscone 
Recreation Center, and to award him an honorarium in the amount of $1,000 for the submission of 
a proposal board. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

7. Sunnyside Playground 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil presented newly completed artwork by Deborah Kennedy at 
Sunnyside Playground. Located near Monterey Boulevard, the playground is built on a steep grade. 
The playground steps up the hill past playing fields and a children's playground, ending above a 
small clubhouse. Ms. Kennedy began with a modest budget of $23,000, which was eventually 
increased to $30,000. She designed six fence panels, three for the fence overlooking the children's 
area and three for the ramp leading to the clubhouse. The panels are constructed of waterjet-cut 
stainless steel in patterns reminiscent of the "coronal loops" caused by fountains of plasma, many 
thousands of miles high, shooting off the surface of the sun. Titled Solar Sight, the bright and 
colorful design evokes the playground's name and counteracts its foggy landscape. At the recent 
playground rededication, community members expressed appreciation for the artist's concept and 
its execution. 

Motion: Motion to approve the completion and installation of Solar Sight, six painted steel fence 
panels for Sunnyside Playground. 
Moved: Hunter/Rinder 

Motion: Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection Solar Sight, six painted stainless steel fence 
panels by artist Deborah Kennedy, permanently installed above the children's playground and at 
the courtyard ramp at Sunnyside Playground. 
Moved: Rinder/Hunter 

8. Temporary Projects in Natural Settings 

Project Manager Regina Almaguer presented an updated report on artist John Melvin's proposal for 
a temporary public art installation at Lake Merced. Mr. Melvin's proposal includes the installation of 
3,400 helium-filled balloons suspended approximately nine feet above the lake's surface. The 
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Mr. Melvin has spent the last few months engaged in extensive research on the materials, budget 
and installation processes required for this project. He has met with numerous organizations and 
individuals to ensure that the project can be successfully installed without impact on, or danger to, 
the lake's environment and natural habitats. Contacts include the Audubon Society, the Natural 
Programs Area of the Recreation and Parks Department, the Lake Merced Task Force and the 
Engineering Department at San Francisco State University. All have given Mr. Melvin advice and 
information that will help make the project a success. 

Mr. Melvin's revised proposal is essentially the same, with a few key differences. First, the 
balloons will be filled with air, rather than helium. This has substantially reduced the size of his 
budget. Second, the balloons will be attached to the trees around the lake with a nylon cord, much 
like a laundry line, virtually eliminating the risk of balloons floating away. Additionally, all balloons 
will be accounted for so that in the unlikely case that one does escape, it can be retrieved. Finally, 
the exhibition will keep to its original timeline of three to four days, but Mr. Melvin is researching 
radio broadcast and video documentation possibilities. Consequently, Mr. Melvin has managed to 
reduce his budget from $50,000 to $25,000. 

The Commissioners responded favorably to this revised proposal, stating that Mr. Melvin should 
research seasonal fog patterns to ascertain the best time of the year to install this project. Due to 
the short duration of this installation, the Commissioners also stated that extensive marketing and 
public relations would be necessary to ensure the success of this project. 

9. Academy of Sciences 

Public Art Program Director Jill Manton presented the current status of artist Maya Lin's two 

proposed projects at the Academy of Science, which include the suspended wire landscape 

sculpture and the "Missing" video sculpture. Ms. Lin had originally wanted to utilize funds from her 

private foundation to supplement the Arts Commission funding, but has been advised that this is 

not possible. As this means she will need to re-assess the project budget, Ms. Lin has developed 

four different options for the "Missing" video sculpture. All of the options are approximately eleven 

feet by three-and-a-half feet in size, and feature LED screens with varying degrees of resolution, 

metal panels and integration of text. 

Option A: This would allow for 4 mm LED displays on the top and all four sides, covered with a 

5/8" tempered laminated glass. It would include bronze flush panels on the two short ends and a 

bronze steel plinth support base. 

Option B: This would allow for 4 mm LED displays on the four long sides only, but like option A, 

would be covered with a 5/8" tempered laminated glass, bronze flush panels and a bronze steel 

plinth support base. 

Option C: This would allow for a 1.7 mm LED display on the top surface only, with metal panels 

around the four remaining sides. One side panel will be removable to allow easy access to the 

video equipment 

Option D: This proposes to have a 1.7 mm LED display on the top surface, with 4 mm LED 

displays on the two long sides. The two short sides would be covered in metal, and would be 

removable to allow for easy access to the video equipment. 

Ms. Manton and the Commissioners discussed all four options at length, both in terms of their 

technical feasibility and the conceptual notion of a memorial. Commissioner Przyblyski inquired 

whether a plan was in place to upgrade the piece as technology grows and changes. Ms. Manton 

responded that conversations are underway with the Academy of Science regarding their taking 

responsibility for the complete maintenance and repair of the artwork, including upgrading the 

technology as needed. 

Ms. Manton reported that Ms. Lin's contract with the Arts Commission states that she must 

provide the Academy with a unique artwork that will not be displayed elsewhere. The discussion 

continued as to how exactly to define the artwork, and whether and to what extent Ms. Lin could 

utilize either the same video in a different format or venue, or a different sized glass box with the 

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The Commissioners expressed concern that the limits of the art enrichment budget may not be 
sufficient for both the suspended wire sculpture and the video artwork. The Commission also 
expressed concern about the scale of the video sculpture being considerably smaller than what 
was originally proposed last year. 

10. EmbarcaderoR/'/j/jon 

Ms. Manton stated that Arts Commission staff is continuing to work on the Embarcadero 
Promenade Ribbon. She commended Project Manager Carol Marie Daniels for a thorough and 
prompt job repairing and replacing the Ribbon skateblocks that had been vandalized in the vicinity 
of Pier 14 prior to the installation of the Louise Bourgeois Crouching Spider sculpture. There are 
numerous other locations along the two-mile stretch of the Ribbon that are awaiting repairs 
pending availability of funds. Currently, staff is exploring the possibility of funding from the Port of 
San Francisco to assist with the cost of this work. In addition, staff is investigating a new lighting 
system for the Ribbon. Ms. Manton started that Ribbon electrician TJ McHose has met with a 
representative of the original fiber optics company that provided the lighting for the Ribbon. The 
company will provide two sets of illuminators gratis so that they can be tested and evaluated at a 
single location. Pier 23 has been selected as the ideal test site, as it has both aboveground and 
underground vaults. Ms. Manton cautioned that the new fiber optics lighting system may be a bit 
dimmer than the original LED lights. At present, we are awaiting a delivery schedule from Mr. 
McHose. 

11. Moscone Center West 

Ms. Manton stated that Diller + Scofidio will be in San Francisco on Thursday, December 13, 2007, 
to give a lecture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. They will meet with Ms. Manton the 
following Friday, December 14. Ms. Manton went on to state that she is consulting with an outside 
engineering expert as well as a City engineer with the Department of Public Works ("DPW") to 
evaluate Pol-X's proposed redesign to the motion system for the Facsimile video project at 
Moscone Center West. Pol-X, the project engineer, believes the problem has to do with the Sheedy 
accident; however, it is difficult to confirm this. Ms. Manton does not yet have City funding for the 
repair of this project, but she is confident that she will find the funds once a design option is 
agreed to and cost estimates obtained. 

Ms. Manton stated that the Sheedy accident occurred five years ago, and that the Moscone Center 
has been extremely patient. However, there may come a time when the Commission needs to 
make a decision about the artwork and whether it remains stationary. Commissioner Przyblyski 
stated that ultimately, such a decision would need to be made by Diller + Scofidio. 

12. Harvey Milk Memorial Bust 

Ms. Manton stated that the completion of the Harvey Milk Memorial Bust is going very well. Ms. 
Manton solicited the Committee's opinion regarding the explanatory text for the piece; specifically, 
whether the word 'assassinated' should be included in the text. At issue is whether this will cause 
the bust to be about his death as opposed to honoring his life and ongoing importance to equal 
rights for all. 

Commissioner Rinder stated that since Harvey Milk was assassinated in City Hall, in terms of place 
it is both relevant and historically significant. Commissioner Rinder also stated that he would not 
object to either wording. 

Commissioner Przyblyski stated that she felt this should be decided by the community. She went 
on to state that as we have seen from the other busts in City Hall, the moment when all of those 
people who knew Supervisor Milk personally are gone is the moment when the bust becomes what 
is remembered. With that in mind, the community may need to think about how they would like 
Supervisor Milk to be remembered by future San Franciscans. 

13. Ocean Avenue K-Line 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil briefly reminded the Committee that this project has been delayed 
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Presbyterian church. Since that time, Ms. Macneil has been working with Deputy City Attorney 
Adine Varah to develop a permit to use the property and a Memorandum of Understanding with 
DPW for the use of the public sidewalk. Ms. Macneil has also begun the process of obtaining a 
commercial building permit from the Department of Building Inspection. A public hearing was held 
as required, but no one attended. The final step is obtaining the Major Sidewalk Encroachment 
Permit from the Board of Supervisors, which should happen in January or February. By late March, 
three red-orange mosaic spheres should be installed on Ocean Avenue at Granada along the MUNI 
K-Line. 

14. New Business 

Ms. Manton stated that there is a twenty-seven-year-old mural on the fagade of the Bernal 
Heights Branch Library. Currently, the community is engaged in a debate over whether the mural 
should be renovated, or removed completely. The community seems to be split on this issue, with 
some members who object to the removal of the mural as a sign of gentrification, and others who 
feel it is time for a change. The City Librarian is conducting a series of focus groups on this issue. 
Several of the Commissioners were familiar with this mural, and all agreed it was in need of 
attention. 

15. Old Business 

Project Manager Tonia Macneil presented three of her projects to the Committee. She showed the 
final construction documents for the Harvey Milk Recreation Center, and stated that the design of 
this project is near completion. Next, Ms. Macneil showed the Commissioners the final design of 
the printed trophy wall for the Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center. Ms. Macneil stated that 
the final installation will be delayed beyond the reopening of the center, but that in the meantime, 
the artists will hang a commemorative poster containing images and descriptive text, so that 
visitors will have a sense of what the larger wall will look like once complete. 
Lastly, Ms. Macneil reported on Rochambeau playground. Artist Johanna Poethig had designed and 
installed a twenty-two-inch mosaic sculpture of a basketball on a tiled column. Tragically, the 
basketball was vandalized within eight months of its installation. Ms. Macneil worked with 
artist/fabricator Jason Webster to design a new and stronger installation system and to fabricate a 
new sphere. The ball is now made from a dense architectural foam with a steel post that bolts it to 
the base. Artist Colette Crutcher applied new mosaic tile to the sphere, with excellent results. All 
the Commissioners agreed that this is a very successful solution. 

16. Adjournment 

As there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:08 p.m. 

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Notices 

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